On the morning of February 17, an elderly woman suffered fatal personal injuries in a head-on collision on Interstate 40 in Davie County.


According to North Carolina Highway Patrol Trooper Charles Hall, a vehicle driven by 76-year-old Mocksville resident Barbara Frates Topa collided with two vehicles after she entered I-40 from U.S. 64 traveling the wrong direction. The collision took place around 8 a.m.


Hall said that Topa was traveling east in the westbound lanes when her Ford Taurus collided head-on with a Toyota Camry driven by Demetrice Ammons. The Ford crossed lanes after that collision and was struck a second time by a Lexus driven by Winston-Salem resident Melissa James.


Topa was pronounced dead at the scene. Ammons and James received transport to Baptist Hospital to receive treatment for their injuries.

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