North Carolina

Arlene Bulanda Killed in Multi-Vehicle Accident at I-85 in Cleveland County, NC

August 1, 2023
Victim's Name(s)
Type of Accident
Commercial Truck
Alcohol/Drugs Suspected

Where it Happened

I-85, Manson, Cleveland County, NC, USA

Additional Information

Investigating Officer or Authority
North Carolina Highway Patrol
Vehicles Involved
Tractor-Trailer, Kia, Tesla
Injuries Sustained

Fatal injuries

Apparent/Alleged Cause of Accident

Kia was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer, creating a chain reaction crash

What Happened

North Carolina Highway Patrol officials are investigating a crash that killed a person at I-85 in Cleveland County, NC on August 1st, 2023. Police say the incident happened around 5 a.m. Investigators say a tractor-trailer collided with the rear of a Kia in traffic, causing the Kia to crash into the vehicle ahead of it. That vehicle, a Tesla, was pushed into the tractor-trailer ahead of it. Killed in the crash was the driver of the Kia, identified as Arlene Bulunda. Three occupants of the Tesla were hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries. The two truck drivers were not injured, according to officials. Officials also say charges were recommended against the driver of the suspected at-fault tractor-trailer.

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