Kannapolis crash kills 4, injures multiple others

The crash happened between Brantley Road and Lane Street on Tuesday evening.
Troopers say a wrong-way driver was responsible for a terrible accident that left four people dead on I-85 in Cabarrus County last night.
Published: Nov. 8, 2022 at 8:44 PM EST
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CABARRUS COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - All lanes of traffic have reopened on Interstate 85 in Kannapolis after a crash left four people dead and injured multiple others on Tuesday evening, officials said.

The incident happened between Brantley Road and Lane Street near mile marker 61 around 7:10 p.m.

Officials said the crash was the result of a wrong-way driver.

According to troopers, Jack Lee Hudson, 78, from China Grove, was driving a 2016 Nissan. He drove northbound into the southbound lanes, striking another car head-on.

Hudson, his wife Margie Kindley Hudson, 77, and a passenger, Debbie Sue Gulledge, 41, from Wadesboro, all died in the accident.

“Yeah, they were very nice people. They lived here 14-15 years, I think. To my recollection we never had a harsh word,” said Mike Upright, who owned a home the Hudsons rented. “They were very nice people, very personable, always spoke to me. We always spoke and got along well.”

Robert Dion Wilson, 44, of Duplin County, the driver of the car that was struck by Hudson’s Nissan, died at the hospital.

Two medical helicopters responded to the scene.

Three of the injured patients are said to be in critical condition. The four others suffered injuries not believed to be life-threatening.

Lanes reopened just before 1 a.m. on Wednesday.

The Kannapolis Fire Department and North Carolina State Highway Patrol responded to the scene. Troopers say the crash remains under investigation.

Related: One killed in suspected wrong way crash on I-85 near Kannapoli