3 killed in head-on collision in Gamewell; at least 2 injured

Jul. 16, 2014 @ 07:52 PM

A car that a witness said was speeding wrecklessly down Morganton Boulevard crossed into oncoming traffic and collided head-on with another car Wednesday evening, killing three people in the speeding car, leaving the other car a crumpled wreck and littering the road with debris.

The collision happened about 5:45 p.m. in front of the Gamewell Fire Department. None of the names of those in either car were released Wednesday night.

A Toyota that was "driving at high speeds and recklessly" southwest on Morganton Boulevard hit a silver Lexus that was going northeast, Sgt. Derek Dawson of the N.C. Highway Patrol said. The Toyota caromed off and went down a steep bank roughly 20 feet deep and into a field of weeds so tall that the car couldn't be seen from the road. The driver and two passengers were dead when rescue workers arrived.

The wreckage of the silver Lexus sat in the turning lane of Morganton Boulevard, the front end destroyed, the hood looking like a piece of crumpled paper. So much debris littered the street that Dawson and rescue crews could scarcely take a step without it crunching underfoot.

At least two passengers were removed from the Lexus and taken away in ambulances, but no information was released about how many people were in the car or how badly they were hurt.

Outside the lines set up by Caldwell County sheriff's deputies and Lenoir police, about 10 people stood watching the horrific scene.