Durham County

5-car crash leaves one dead, prompts closure of N. Duke St. at Stadium Drive

First responders attend to the injured driver of a black BMW involved in Friday afternoon’s multi-vehicle crash on North Duke Street at Stadium Drive.
First responders attend to the injured driver of a black BMW involved in Friday afternoon’s multi-vehicle crash on North Duke Street at Stadium Drive. Special to The Herald-Sun

Five vehicles were involved in a crash Friday afternoon that left the driver of the car that caused the accident dead, according to Durham Police Department spokesman Wil Glenn.

The wreck occurred on North Duke Street near the intersection with Stadium Drive, the entrance to Durham County Memorial Stadium, and forced the closure of the southbound lane of North Duke Street for a couple of hours until shortly before 5 p.m. Friday.

Preliminary police investigation indicates that Gregory Amos, 51, of Durham, was traveling southbound in a 2002 BMW 325i when his vehicle crossed the center lane into oncoming traffic, striking three vehicles traveling northbound.

Amos first struck the driver’s side of a 2011 Audi A6 driven by Armon Roberts who was traveling northbound in the far right lane. Amos' vehicle continued south a short distance later and struck a 2013 Chevy Equinox driven by Anita Hepditch. As a result of the second collision Amos' front left wheel separated from his vehicle and flew into the windshield of a 2006 Toyota RAV4 driven by Suzanne Humphries. Hepditch, who was traveling in the far left northbound lane, was forced into a 2000 Toyota Camry's left side driven by Brian Mincey, who was traveling in the northbound far right lane.

Amos' vehicle spun and came to rest against a fire hydrant on the northwest corner of N. Duke Street and Stadium Drive. Amos was transported to Duke Hospital where he later died of injuries sustained in the crash.

Suzanne Humphries, the passenger in her vehicle, and Brian Mincey had no reported injuries. All other drivers and occupants were transported to a local hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police say speed is an apparent factor, but the circumstances leading up to the crash are still under investigation.

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