A woman has been cited following a car crash earlier this month.
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. on Jan. 9 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. Two people were airlifted from the scene of the crash, the article said.
Troopers found that the 11-year-old and 6-year-old were not properly restrained and were ejected from the car, the article said.
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.
Seven people were injured in the crash, but everyone has been released from the hospital, said Trooper J.S. Swagger with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
Royal was cited with reckless driving and child restraint violation after the crash, Swagger said.
The cause of the crash appeared to be driver inattention and overcorrection on Royal’s part, the article said.
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.