DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) – One person died in a crash after a car flew off an overpass and onto Interstate 40 in North Carolina Friday, police say.
The wreck happened when the driver of a 2017 Tesla collided with the rear bumper of another car, according to the Durham Police Department.
“After the initial impact, the Tesla left the roadway to the right, struck a guardrail, two traffic signs and a telephone pole before going airborne off the embankment above Interstate 40 east,” officials said.
Authorities say the car flipped as it went off the overpass and landed across all three lanes of I-40.
The wreck was reported just before 4:15 p.m. along eastbound I-40 at the U.S. 15/501 overpass, which is also Durham Chapel Hill Boulevard, according to police. The crash closed the interstate for nearly four hours on Friday, April 29.
Zack A. Wojenski, 45, of Apex, who was driving the Tesla, died at the scene, officials say. The driver of the other car was taken to a nearby hospital for evaluation.
Authorities say the highway reopened around 8 p.m. Friday with no other cars hit on I-40.
No charges have been filed in the crash, which is still under investigation.