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Sheriff’s office transport van involved in multi-vehicle crash in downtown Wilmington

A Mercedes rear-ended a van causing a chain reaction
Published: Oct. 8, 2021 at 2:20 PM EDT
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WILMINGTON, N.C. (WECT) - Five people were transported to the NHRMC hospital after a multi-vehicle crash involving a sheriff’s office transport van in downtown Wilmington Friday afternoon.

The six-vehicle crash reportedly happened at 12:36 p.m. at the intersection of Third and Grace streets.

A spokesperson for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office confirmed one of the agency’s inmate transport vans was involved in the wreck. The van’s driver and a passenger suffered non-life-threatening injuries. No inmates were in the van at the time.

The Wilmington Police Department is investigating and said a Mercedes ran into the back of a van which caused a chain reaction. Five cars were damaged; a sixth vehicle had oil sprayed on the back but was not otherwise damaged.

The intersection of Third and Grace streets was closed for approximately three hours while crews worked to clear the scene. It reopened to traffic at 3:15 p.m.

At least two people were injured in a six-vehicle crash in downtown Wilmington Friday afternoon.
At least two people were injured in a six-vehicle crash in downtown Wilmington Friday afternoon.(WECT)

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