One killed in 5-vehicle crash in Robeson County involving 18-wheeler

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ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTW) — One person was killed in a five-vehicle crash involving an 18-wheeler Wednesday in Robeson County, according to North Carolina Highway Patrol.

The crash happened at 1:08 p.m. at the intersection of Roberts Avenue and 7th Street in Lumberton, troopers said.

A four-door vehicle was traveling north on 7th Street when it ran a red light at the intersection and hit a silver SUV traveling east on Roberts Avenue, troopers said. The silver SUV spun around and overturned after being hit by a red Impala. After hitting the SUV, the Impala hit the 18-wheeler.

The vehicle that ran the red light also hit the 18-wheeler and then skidded across Roberts Avenue and hit a black Suburban on 7th Street, according to troopers.

The driver of the vehicle that ran the red light — identified as 34-year-old Michael Smith — died in the crash, troopers said.

Troopers said Smith was being pursued by authorities at the time of the crash.

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