Three people, including two children, still are hospitalized following a Wednesday morning crash that left seven people injured.
Andrea Mechelle Royal, 31, of Cohutta, Georgia, was driving in the left lane on the eastbound side of I-40 in Hildebran before 10:30 a.m. when she lost control of her car, sending her car toward the median near the Burke/Catawba county line, according to a previous News Herald article.
Royal’s car started rolling through the median, eventually sending it into the westbound lanes where a car driven by Laura Rebecca Craft, 41, of Taylorsville, hit it, the article said. Royal’s car then flipped over a guardrail before coming to a rest.
Royal had a 12-year-old, 11-year-old, 6-year-old and a 30-year-old person with a disability in the car with her, the article said.
Royal and the 12-year-old child ha ve been released, but the 11-year-old, 6-year-old and 30-year-old are still hospitalized and listed as stable, said Trooper J. Swagger with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
“It has been determined that the 11 and 6 year-old were not properly restrained and thus were ejected,” Swagger said. “No charges have been filed yet.”
Craft had a 5-year-old passenger in her car with her, the previous article said. They both were transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory with non-life threatening injuries.
“ The investigation is ongoing, but the initial contributing circumstances appear to be driver inattention and then overcorrection on the part of [Royal],” Swagger said Wedensday.
Impairment is not suspected to be a factor in the wreck.
Long View and Icard Township fire departments responded along with Burke County EMS, Catawba County EMS, Burke REACT, the Burke County Sheriff’s Office and NCSHP.
More information will be published as it becomes available.
Chrissy Murphy is a staff writer and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 828-432-8941.