DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Two people died and two more were injured when two vehicles crashed in Durham County on Wednesday evening, North Carolina State Highway Patrol officials said.
The wreck occurred happened just before 7 p.m. in the northbound lanes of N.C. Highway 147 near exit 7, which is T.W. Alexander Drive.
According to troopers, a 1996 Honda Civic and a 2003 Toyota Camry were traveling north on N.C. 147 when the driver of the Toyota, identified as Nathan Christian Cowles, 33, of Durham, merged into the left lane where the Honda was.
The Honda, which was being driven by Luis Gerado Barcenas, of Durham, slammed into the rear of the Toyota, traveled off the road to the left and hit a tree. The Toyota went off the road to the left and slammed into a median barrier, officials said.
Barcenas and the front right seat passenger, Fernando Cruz, of Durham, were taken to Duke ER and were listed in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries. The two rear seat passengers, identified as Angel Gonzalo Cruz and Jose Reyes Cruz-Barcenas, both of Durham, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Cowles was taken to Duke ER and listed in stable condition with non-life threatening injuries.
Troopers said alcohol was not a factor in the crash.
No charges have been filed at this time, but the crash remains under investigation. Troopers are conferring with the Durham County district attorney’s office regarding charges.