• Police: Audi hit other cars, mailboxes before final crash


    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - A major road in Matthews was closed for hours Tuesday night after a serious wreck. It happened in the 11200 block of Idlewild Road near Plentywood Drive in Matthews, according to police.

    Two people were transported to the CMC-Main with life-threatening injuries, according to emergency crews. One was airlifted by helicopter.

    Matthews police told Channel 9 that a red Audi involved hit other cars and mailboxes before the final accident that happened at about 6:30 p.m.

    Police said they are investigating three other crash scenes in connection with the Idlewild Road crash.

    “We received several calls in between all this happening we were dispatching units to see what was going on, catch up with him,” said Tim Aycock with the Matthews Police Department.

    People described the chaotic scene.

    “When we got down here the red car was smoking,” said Joe Payne, a witness. “One of the neighbors grabbed a fire extinguisher from somewhere.”
    That neighbor was Chad Brown. He and his son were home and heard the crash happen in their front yard.
    “It sounded like a bomb going off,” Brown said.

    The road reopened at 10:30 p.m.

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