Three people were killed early Sunday in a head-on collision on Interstate 85 in Orange County, authorities said.
The crash occurred shortly after 3 a.m. near the split of I-85 and Interstate 40.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said Chandler Michael Kania, 20, of Asheboro, was driving north in the southbound lanes when his Jeep Wrangler collided with a Suzuki driven by Felecia Harris, 49, of Charlotte.
Harris and two of her three passengers were killed. One of the other two victims was identified as 6-year-old Janiece Smith, from Brooklyn, N.Y. The third victim has not yet been identified.
A second child seated in the backseat of Harris’ vehicle was taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill. The Highway Patrol said the child was seriously injured and is still being treated Sunday night.
Kania, a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, also was taken to UNC Hospitals for treatment on non-life-threatening injuries.
Troopers said alcohol appears to be a factor in the crash, but no charges have been filed.
Harris was a part-time instructor at UNC-Charlotte who received her undergraduate degree from UNC-Chapel Hill and her doctorate from North Carolina State University, according to her Facebook profile.
The crash closed two southbound lanes near mile marker 163 for several hours while the Highway Patrol investigated and cleared the wreckage.