• Truck driver causes chain-reaction crash on I-485, injuring 10

    By: Jeff Smith


    MECKLENBURG COUNTY, N.C. - A truck driver told Eyewitness News he took his eyes off the road moments before he caused a chain-reaction crash on Interstate 485 Saturday, sending 10 people to the hospital.

    Officials said one woman suffered a concussion, but that was the most serious injury. 

    The crash left twisted metal, broken glass and crushed cars along I-485 at the Moores Chapel Road exit Saturday afternoon.

    Kevin Walker admitted he's the reason so many people suffered serious injuries. Police charged Walker with reckless driving.

    "Traffic was at a dead stop. I had nowhere to go," he said.

    Dozens of firefighters, paramedics and troopers were on scene, trying to extract people from three crushed cars. 10 people were rushed to area hospitals.

    Troopers said late Saturday night that everyone is expected to survive. They said the car Walker hit first had a 9-month-old baby in the back seat.

    "I more or less drove over the top of them, and there was a baby trapped in that car," Walker said. "That was my biggest concern at the time, making sure that kid was OK."

    Walker said the baby's mother was crying, and he didn't know what to do.


    "She was hollering, 'My baby. My baby. My baby,'" Walker said.

    Troopers said traffic was at a standstill because of the backup getting to the Whitewater Center, which was packed for St. Patrick's Day activities.

    Authorities said Walker was going about 65 mph when he hit the three cars.

    "I glanced down and looked back up and they were stopped," he replied. "I had nowhere to go. I tried to veer left but it didn't do no good."

    Walker said he looked down to find his cellphone, which was ringing.

    Walker works for ATC Transport, a company based out of Laredo, Texas. Their website said they have about 90 drivers nationwide.

    Walker says he's only been employed with the company since December.

    "My career is over dude, I guarantee it," he said.

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