CATAWBA COUNTY, NC (WBTV) - A crash involving two vehicles on the I-40 has resulted in drivers and passengers from both cars being taken to area hospitals for further treatment.
Initial reports state that a 2003 Subaru was traveling east on the highway around 10:40 a.m. before losing control of the vehicle and veering into the median near Exit 121. The Subaru overturned several times and traveled into the westbound lanes where it collided with a 2007 Volkswagen Jetta before coming to a rest upside down.
The driver of the Subaru and all four passengers were taken to regional hospitals for care. Three of the passengers were children and two were ejected from the vehicle before being taken by helicopter to hospitals in Asheville and Charlotte. The driver and the other two passengers were taken to a Hickory hospital before being transferred to a facility in Asheville.
The driver of the Jetta and the passenger, a child, were taken to the Catawba Valley Medical Center in Hickory with non-life threatening injuries.
A portion of the I-40 was shut down for nearly two hours as a result of the accident before being reopened by officials. An investigation into the matter remains ongoing and initial contributing circumstances into the accident appear to indicate driver inattention followed by an overcorrection by the driver of the Subaru.