1 killed in wrong-way crash on Durham Freeway

A deadly head-on crash shut down part of the Durham Freeway Tuesday night.
March 26, 2014 4:03:34 PM PDT
All lanes of the Durham Freeway northbound were closed Tuesday night at the U.S. Highway 15/501 exit following a crash that left one person dead.

Police told ABC11 that it happened just before 9 p.m. when a Toyota driven by 59-year-old John Michael Williams, of Durham, was going southbound in the northbound lanes, and collided with another vehicle.

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Williams was pronounced dead at the scene.

Williams' car collided head-on with a northbound Jeep driven by Jimmy Allen, 25, of Hillsborough. Allen and his brother, 30-year-old Walter Allen, suffered serious injuries and remain hospitalized. A back seat passenger in Allen's Jeep, 28-year-old Michael Carter, 28, of Durham, was treated and released.

Investigators are still trying to determine how Williams entered the highway in the wrong direction.

No charges have been filed.

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