Woman taken to the hospital in I-85 rollover crash

- A woman is in the hospital fighting for her life after she was thrown from her vehicle in a serious wreck early Tuesday morning on Interstate-85. 

The crash happened around 1 a.m. Tuesday, July 18 on I-85 southbound near Cox Road. 

Riva Mason, 20, was driving a 1999 Ford Crown Victoria heading south when she lost control of her vehicle causing her to strike the guardrail, Gastonia police said. Mason continued to travel before going off the roadway, hitting a tree, and rolling over. 

Police said Mason was not wearing a seat belt which caused her to be ejected from the vehicle. She was transported to Caromont Regional Medical Center with life-threatening injuries. 

Speed does not appear to be a factor and it's unknown at this time if there was any impairing substance that could have been a contributing factor in the crash, police said. 

Anyone with further information on this crash is asked to call the Gastonia Police Department at 704.866.6702. 


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