Commuters through Carrboro encountered significant traffic on Tuesday after a fatal collision and subsequent investigation closed both NC 54 eastbound lanes and restricted westbound lanes.
The crash between two vehicles occurred at approximately 1:16 p.m. at the intersection of N.C. 54 and West Main Street, according the the Carrboro Police Department media release by Capt. Chris Atack.
“At this point we’re still investigating it,” Atack told the DTH on Wednesday afternoon.
“We’re looking at all the facts, trying to recover video and talk to all witnesses to make an exact determination of what actually transpired to cause the accident to occur.”
Atack said the two vehicles involved were a log truck and a passenger vehicle.
Rita Slotnick of Chapel Hill died in the crash. The Department shared the release on their Facebook today and expressed their condolences for the Slotnick family.
“Our thoughts and prayers are again with the family as they mourn their loss,” the post said.
Slotnick, 86, was initially pinned in and had to be extricated by Carrboro Fire-Rescue personnel, according to the media release.
Slotnick’s husband was the second occupant of the vehicle, according to Atack. He was injured in the accident and was brought to UNC Hospitals by Orange County EMS, according to the media release. Their injuries remain unspecified, but according to Atack, the man’s injuries were serious and he is still in the hospital receiving treatment.