Two juveniles dead, four injured in crash involving stolen vehicles on I-485

Two juveniles dead, four injured in crash involving stolen vehicles on I-485
According to Mecklenburg EMS, the incident happened on I-485 near mile marker 10. (Source: North Carolina Department of Transportation)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - North Carolina Highway Patrol has confirmed that two juveniles were killed in a crash on Interstate 485 in Charlotte last Thursday night.

The incident happened when a vehicle - which officials now say was stolen - ran out of gas on the off ramp from the I-485 outer loop to I-85. Troopers say a second car - which was also reported stolen - came to assist the first car.

While parked behind the first car on the shoulder of the ramp, the second vehicle’s battery died. That’s when a third car stopped to help jump start the second vehicle. That third car, however, parked in the right lane instead of pulling off the road. There were six people inside, ranging in age from 13-18.

Officials say all the people in the first three cars knew each other.

Troopers say it was dark, rainy and foggy when another driver came around the curve and slammed into the back of the third car, killing two juvenile passengers in the back seat. The other four people in the car were rushed to the hospital, but there is no word on their condition.

No names have been released.

The driver of the fourth car is not being charged in the crash, troopers said, because the car that was struck was parked in a lane of travel. The driver of the fourth car was not impaired or speeding.

No further details about the crash or the stolen vehicles has been made public.

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