2 wrecks, 6-vehicle pileup

Slick road conditions caused a six-vehicle pileup Sunday on U.S. 321 near Maiden.

A small SUV was traveling in the north-bound lane of U.S. 321 about 1:30 p.m. when the vehicle hydroplaned, hit a retaining wall and bounced back into traffic, said Maiden Fire Chief Danny Hipps.

“It was raining at the time,” Hipps said. “It was heavy, heavy rain, and water had accumulated on the road.”

A husband and wife and their two children were in the SUV at the time of the crash.
When the SUV bounced back into traffic, other vehicles traveling in the same direction were forced to slam on their brakes to avoid colliding with the SUV, Hipps said.

There were 17 people involved in the six-car pileup, including four in the second vehicle, three in the third vehicle, two in the fourth vehicle, two in the fifth vehicle and two in the sixth vehicle.
The driver of the sixth vehicle couldn’t avoid a collision with the fifth vehicle in the pileup, and the driver rear-ended the vehicle in front of him.

Three people were transported to Catawba Valley Medical Center with injuries following the pileup, which included broken ribs, and neck and ankle pain.

Hipps said the man in the sixth vehicle sustained the most serious injuries from the rear-end collision, but all people involved are expected to recover.