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2 dead in I-40 head-on wreck in Greensboro after teen crosses median

A 51-year-old and 17-year-old were killed by the car crossing into their lane from the other side of the highway.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Two people are dead after a car crossed the median on I-40 and crashed into oncoming traffic.

It happened on Tuesday just before 4:30 p.m., Greensboro police said. The wreck happened in the westbound lane of I-40 near McConell Rd.

Priya Hairston, 19, crossed the median in her grey Nissan Altima from the eastbound side of the highway. Her car wrecked head-on into two other vehicles, a white Kia and a black Jeep, before being hit by a third vehicle, investigators said. A fifth vehicle was hit by debris from the crash.

The driver of the white Kia, 51-year-old Lisa Tate, and passenger Victora Padilla, 17 died in the crash, GPD said. A third juvenile passenger in the Kia was injured and transported to a local hospital, police said.

The people in the other cars were not injured during the crash, GPD officials said.

Investigators are still piecing together all the details to deliver a more complete picture of what happened and why Hairston crossed the median.

Hairston faces two counts of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle and driving left of center.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact Greensboro/Guilford Crime Stoppers at 336-373-1000. Citizens can also download the mobile P3tips app for Apple or Android phones to submit a mobile tip, or go to P3tips.com to submit a web tip. All tips to Crime Stoppers are completely anonymous.