2 hospitalized after linked wrecks on I-540 near Six Forks Road exit

(Patrick Priest/CBS North Carolina)

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – A pair of related wrecks on Interstate 540 near the Six Forks Road exit sent two people to the hospital Friday afternoon.

The first wreck was took place as traffic on I-540 slowed for “noticeable debris” obstructing the right travel lane, according to the State Highway Patrol.

Rosemary Ohnesorge, a 62-year-old Morganton woman couldn’t slow her 2017 Subaru Forester fast enough to avoid the slowing traffic in front of her, so she “merged evasively to the right,” but lost control and ended up striking the right-rear corner of a 2016 Ford Explorer being driven by Christopher Williams, 46, of Cary, as she drifted toward the left lane, troopers said.

Ohnesorge was taken to Wake Medical Center. She was listed in fair condition Friday night. She has been charged with failure to reduce speed.

Williams was treated for minor injuries at the scene and released. He has not been charged with any traffic violations.

Shortly after the two vehicles collided, Robert Keene, 34, of Vale, came upon the stopped vehicles while driving too fast to stop, troopers said. He drove his Nissan Maxima onto the emergency strip on the right shoulder, then ran off the right side of the roadway, according to the highway patrol.

He “collided with numerous trees beyond the right shoulder,” troopers said.

Keene was taken to Wake Medical Center, troopers said. Keene was listed in fair condition Friday night. The investigation into that wreck is ongoing and no decision on charges has been made, according to the highway patrol.

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