3 freeway employees killed in work zone crash on I-40 in NC

Three employees performing guardrail work alongside Interstate 40 in North Carolina died after a truck driver crashed into their work zone.

The crash occurred at 3:30 a.m. February 27 in Iredell County close to Statesville when state troopers say the driving force of a 2019 Freightliner field truck crashed into an attenuator truck that had a flashing arrow to direct visitors away type a closed lane.

The three employees had been standing behind the crash truck, struck and killed.

The N.C. State Freeway Patrol recognized the deceased employees as Noah Logan Hamilton, 22, who’s survived by his spouse who’s pregnant; Austin Melton, 21; and Dustin Gelinas, 20. They had been from Georgia and dealing for DBI Companies.

The driving force of the truck, Logan Lee Casey, 27, of Cary, N.C., was charged with three counts of misdemeanor loss of life by automobile.

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