A car hydroplaning in the rain early Friday morning resulted in three injuries and traffic charges in a rear-end collision, according to authorities.
At approximately 7:14 a.m. Friday, emergency units and law enforcement were dispatched to the U.S. 221 bypass near West Henderson Street after receiving reports of a two-vehicle collision.
According to Trooper James Deaton of the N.C. Highway Patrol, a 1992 Honda passenger car – operated by 30-year-old Rey Hernandez of Marion – was traveling northbound on 221 just prior to Tate Street when his vehicle hydroplaned in standing water from the morning rain, ran him off the right side of the road, then back onto the road and was allegedly disabled.
Minutes later, a 2012 Ford passenger car traveling northbound – driven by 16-year-old Emma Sutton of Marion – struck the Honda, which had not moved from the roadway.
According to Emergency Services Director William Kehler, both drivers and a passenger in the Honda – 72-year-old Carlos Campos of Marion – were transported to McDowell Hospital in stable condition.
Hernandez was charged with driving without a license and unsafe tires, according to Deaton.