Police identify driver who caused 5-vehicle crash in downtown Black Mountain


    Police say a five-vehicle crash in downtown Black Mountain Monday night happened after a speeding driver exited the interstate and slammed into another vehicle at a nearby intersection. (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

    Police say a five-vehicle crash in downtown Black Mountain Monday night happened after a speeding driver exited the interstate and slammed into another vehicle at a nearby intersection.

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    Kyle Carney is charged with careless and reckless driving and other related traffic offenses pending further investigation. He was transported to Mission hospital with serious injuries after the crash.

    Police say just before 7 p.m., the 2015 Nissan Altima Carney was driving west on Interstate 40, exited the interstate onto Highway 70 west and traveled into Black Mountain at a high rate speed.

    The Nissan, entered the intersection of Montreat Road and State Street and struck a 2004 Mazda Sedan as it entered the intersection. That initial collision caused the Mazda and Nissan to strike three other vehicles.

    Debris from the collision also caused extensive window damage to Town Hardware and General Store on State Street and caused State Street in downtown Black Mountain to be closed for several hours.

    Surveillance footage from inside Town Hardware shows the damage caused by the wreck. The store reopened on Tuesday with boarded up windows.

    Both Carney and the driver of the Mazda Sedan were transported to Mission Hospital with serious injuries. Other minor injuries were treated and released from the scene.

    This is an ongoing investigation; no other information is available at this time.

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