GARNER, NC (WNCN) — It took nearly a week, but officials have now identified the couple who were killed in a violent accident on Interstate 40 in Johnston County earlier this month.
According to soldiers and the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the crash occurred around 9:45 p.m. on March 9 near mile marker 315, which is near the NC 42 exit.
Authorities said the accident occurred when a Toyota Tundra driver traveling eastbound on the westbound lanes of I-40 crashed head-on into a Dodge Durango SUV.
“The Dodge came to a partial stop on the jersey wall and caught fire,” firefighters said.
The Toyota went through the center cable and threw the driver – the only occupant – into the median.
The ejected driver was pronounced dead at the scene.
He has since been identified as Nicholas Glenn McGee, 24, of Fuquay-Varina. CBS 17 has learned that McGee had previously been convicted of drunk driving.
Two people were in the Dodge and both were pronounced dead at the scene after a massive fire consumed the vehicle.
Troopers said Thursday morning the pair were identified by the coroner’s office earlier this week as Gerardo Trevino, 30, of Durham and Savannah Lynn Ray, 23, of Wake Forest.
According to authorities, Trevino was driving and Ray was the passenger.
More than half a dozen 911 calls received by CBS 17 last week shed light on the crash and the immediate aftermath.
“There was a pickup truck that was going on the wrong side of the freeway and I think they hit another car,” said an 911 caller.
Lorraine Dulin lives nearby and heard the crash.
“We were sitting in the living room and we heard a loud bang and I said, ‘What is that?’ My husband said, ‘I don’t know.’ Next thing I know, I saw fire.”
Another 911 call detailed the scene after the fire broke out on the Dodge Durango SUV.
“They’re burning alive right now,” said a woman involved in the accident who called 911. “I can’t even find a person in this car.”
The woman said five cars were involved in the accident.
The freeway was closed in both directions for about an hour. An eastbound lane was reopened at around 10:45 p.m., but the scene was not cleared until around 2:10 a.m. the next morning.
Authorities said the crash is still under investigation and a full wreckage report should be available in the next few days.
Michael Prunka contributed to this article.
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