One dead in multiple vehicle crash on I-40

Interstate 40 shut down for accident (Shawn Replogle)

February 24, 2011 9:56:48 AM PST
Raleigh police said one person was killed in an accident on Interstate 40 near Gorman Street Wednesday night.

Investigators said for an unknown reason, 34-year-old Amelia Hernandez-Garcia stopped in the center westbound lane of the interstate and got out of her vehicle to request assistance from another motorist who had stopped just before 9 p.m.

Police said a chain reaction accident involving five vehicles ensued. The pileup included Hernandez-Garcia's vehicle and the car of the other driver who stopped.

Hernandez-Garcia was killed. Nine other people were taken to the hospital for treatment.

All lanes of I-40 Westbound were closed while emergency workers managed the scene.

No charges were filed.

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