Monday, June 27, 2011

N.C. State basketball hero Lorenzo Charles killed in crash

From: Charlotte Observer Newspaper

Lorenzo Charles, the basketball player who clinched N.C. State's 1983 NCAA championship with a game-winning dunk, died this afternoon in a bus accident on Interstate 40.

He was the driver of an Elite Tours bus that crashed at exit 290 near the I-40/N.C. 54 interchange in western Raleigh.

Jim Sughrue, a Raleigh police spokesman, confirmed Charles is the bus driver.

Firefighters are using the jaws of life to extricate at least one person trapped inside of a tour bus that crashed into a stand of trees this afternoon off Interstate 40 in West Raleigh.

The crash was blocking some lanes of westbound Interstate 40 at Chapel Hill Road in West Raleigh during rush hour traffic.

Traffic from the blocked lanes is being detoured up an exit ramp, across Chapel Hill Road and back onto I-40, according to Raleigh police.

The investigation is continuing.

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