- Associated Press - Thursday, October 30, 2014

RURAL HALL, N.C. (AP) - At least two people were killed and eight taken to a hospital after a wreck Thursday in a construction zone on U.S. 52 in Forsyth County, authorities said.

A 10-year-old boy, one of five people in a van from Illinois, was one of those killed in the wreck, which occurred when a tractor-trailer hit five cars from behind, said Lt. Jeff Gordon, a spokesman for the state Highway Patrol.

The tractor-trailer struck the van first, then hit four other passenger vehicles from behind, Gordon said. A person in one of those four other vehicles also was killed, he said.

A 13-year-old in the van was in critical condition and was among eight people taken to a hospital in Winston-Salem, Gordon said. One person was treated at the scene and released; the driver of the tractor-trailer wasn’t injured, Gordon said.

The wreck occurred in a construction zone where traffic was being merged to one lane, he said. “Traffic had stopped and was backing up and the tractor-trailer was approaching from the rear and hit five vehicles from behind,” he said.

The northbound lanes of U.S. 52 near the wreck were likely to remain closed until early Friday morning, Gordon said. The southbound lanes remain open.

No charges have been filed.

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