ZEBULON, N.C. (WNCN) — Four people including a mother and her young son were taken to the hospital after a multi-vehicle crash in Zebulon on Monday evening.
The three-vehicle crash happened before 6:30 p.m. on N.C. 96, which is Zebulon Road near Martin Road, officials said.
Officials said a mother and her young son were in a Kia SUV that flipped and was upside-down in a creek.
A car and a pickup truck were also damaged in the wreck. The truck also ended up off the road and into the embankment.
A witness told CBS North Carolina that the driver of a Toyota Camry veered over, causing the crash.
“I just told my daughters I said you know this guy is doing too much in front of us I’m going to back up. I’m going to back off a little bit. And as soon as I said that bam,” said Kathy Nash.
Nash said the Camry first hit a pickup truck, causing it to roll over down an embankment. Then, the car hit the Kia, forcing it off the road and into the creek.
One witness told CBS North Carolina more about the Camry driver after the crash.
“He was not in the best of shape and threw beer cans out on the side,” said Eboni Garcia.
Nash also said she talked briefly to the Camry driver after the crash.
“As he was passing me on the stretcher, he says to me ‘I’m sorry, I’m sorry.’ And I’m like ‘no you shouldn’t have been drinking’,” Nash said.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol later said that the Camry driver was not identified because he did not have his paperwork with him.
Troopers did say he caused the crash and he was charged with driving left of center, littering, and having improper tires.
Officials said the littering charge was for throwing out beer cans.
The Camry driver was not drunk, officials said, but thought he would get in trouble because he had beer cans in his car.
The driver told the N.C. Highway Patrol that he has a medical condition and temporarily passed out.
Officials said there were serious injuries, but added that all of them were expected to recover.
At one point, the North Carolina Department of Transportation reported that the eastbound lane was closed at Martin Road.
The road reopened by 8:30 p.m.