CHARLOTTE, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - One person was killed and five others were injured in a serious multi-vehicle crash that shut down part of a major road in north Charlotte on Thursday.
The accident occurred around 1:22 p.m. in the 4600 block of W. W.T. Harris Blvd. Charlotte Mecklenburg Police were called to the scene for reports of a four vehicle crash.
Upon arrival, officers found a 2014 Freightliner moving truck, a 2016 Nissan Altima, a 2009 Toyota Camry, and a 2005 Chrysler 300 that had all been involved.
The driver of the Chrysler, Gregory Scott Pettis, was pronounced dead on scene by Medic. Five other people were transported to the hospital with minor injuries.
Police say the preliminary investigation indicates that Pettis was traveling southeast in the 5000 block of W. WT Harris Blvd. in the left hand lane behind a truck with a trailer attached to it.
He changed lanes to a left turn lane, hitting the trailer as he accelerated. Pettis did not make a left turn, but continued to accelerate, hitting a raised curb and then entering the northwest lanes of travel.
Pettis continued to accelerate while going the wrong way on W. WT Harris Blvd. at about 80 to 100 MPH. He then entered the intersection at Davis Lake Pkwy., and hit the 2014 Freightliner truck that was making a U-turn. The driver of the truck, Zachery David Cullen, had the green light.
Pettis hit Cullen on the left side and traveled underneath the truck, exiting on the right side.
After coming out from underneath the truck, the Pettis' car then struck a 2009 Toyota Camry waiting at a red light, driven by head on. OlaSunKanmi Eric Houngbo was the driver of the Camry.
The Toyota had been stopped in the northwest lanes of travel on W. WT Harris Blvd while it was waiting for the red traffic light.
After hitting the Toyota, the Chrysler went off the road onto the outer shoulder of the northwest lanes where it came to a rest.
The Toyota was forced backwards when it was hit by the Chrysler, and hit a 2016 Nissan Altima behind it, driven by Natalie Aloma Leslie Ann Frederick.
Cullen and his passengers in the truck, Daquan Anterrio Shealey, Sidney Wayne Williams, and Kyle Alan Leigh all had minor injuries and were brought to local hospitals.
A passenger in the Toyota, Javon Harvell, was also taken the hospital to be treated for minor injuries.
All drivers and passengers in this crash were wearing seatbelts. Alcohol and drug test results for Gregory Pettis are pending.
The crash is still under investigation. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Detective Crum with CMPD at 704-432-2169.