2 killed in I-40 crash near Wade Avenue that closed westbound lanes for seven hours

Two people were killed Saturday in a major traffic crash that closed four of five lanes on westbound I-40 near Wade Avenue in Wake County for more than seven hours.

The crash happened on the westbound side of I-40 near Wade Avenue at 1:49 p.m., the N.C. Department of Transportation reported. DOT announced shortly after 9 p.m. that the crash had been cleared.

Raleigh Police told ABC11, The News & Observer’s newsgathering partner, that a vehicle driving at “excessive speeds” changed lanes and crashed into another vehicle before going over a guardrail and into a tree.

The driver and a passenger of the speeding vehicle were taken to the hospital in critical condition, where they later died.

No other injuries were reported.