2 hospitalized after crash that shut down US-1 southbound near US 64 in Cary

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Thursday, January 17, 2019
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This red Volkswagen was struck by another vehicle that was speeding at more than 100 mph.

CARY, N.C. (WTVD) -- Two people were hospitalized after a rush-hour crash apparently caused by a reckless driver closed down US-1 southbound near US 64 near Cary for several hours.

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A Wake County Sheriff's deputy saw a driver in a black Volkswagen speeding at more than 100 mph and turned around to pursue the vehicle, the sheriff's office told ABC11.

However, a chase did not ensue, the sheriff's office said, because the deputy determined that because of heavy traffic and the speed involved, there was no way to safely pursue the vehicle.

The driver of the speeding vehicle lost control and struck a red Volkswagen. Both drivers were taken to WakeMed.

Cary Police are leading the investigation and said a deputy was attempting to stop the speeding vehicle before the crash.

The collision occurred shortly after 5 p.m. The left lane reopened to traffic shortly after 6 p.m. The rest of the lanes reopened about 9:30 p.m.

There was a third vehicle involved, a wood-chipping truck that sustained minor damage. It was able to drive away from the scene.

The conditions of the victims were not immediately known.

The driver of the black Volkswagen may face charges, pending results of the Cary Police investigation.

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