Man airlifted after DWI crash

A high-speed crash involving alcohol left a Hickory man in critical condition Thursday night.

Michael Wayne Rose, 36, had been drinking before he crashed his 1999 Jeep on eastbound Interstate 40 near the McDonald Parkway exit, said N.C. Highway Patrol Trooper R.G. Griffin.

Just before 6 p.m., Rose veered his Jeep off the left shoulder of I-40 and into the median. He overcorrected his Jeep, veered off the right shoulder, struck a guard rail and overturned several times, Griffin said.

Rose was transported to Carolinas Medical Center (CMC) in Charlotte. The hospital reported Friday afternoon that he had been in critical condition and listed in a trauma unit.

His passenger, 37-year-old Kevin McElroy of Maiden, was transported to a Hickory-area hospital with minor injuries, Griffin said.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash, Griffin said.

"A little debris flew up at windshields," he said.

Rose is charged with DWI, reckless driving and driving while license revoked.

The crash shut down eastbound I-40 traffic for a while Thursday night.