Six people injured in chain reaction crash on Washington bypass bridge

BEAUFORT COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) – Six people were injured in a chain reaction crash that shut down an Eastern Carolina highway this morning.

The Highway Patrol says it happened on the U.S. 17 bypass bridge between Washington and Chocowinity around 8:00 a.m.

Troopers say a vehicle broke down on the bridge in the northbound lanes and one driver tried to maneuver around the disabled vehicle when it hit the median wall and overturned.

There were a total of five vehicles involved in the crash.

None of the people sent to the hospital received life-threatening injuries while the busy highway was shut down for about 90 minutes.

The Highway Patrol charged 24-year-old Jacob Congleton, of Chocowinity, with unsafe lane change.

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