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Fiery Tractor-Trailer Crash Causes Interstate 85 Traffic Backup

Posted February 20, 2008
Updated February 21, 2008

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— A smoldering tractor-trailer stalled traffic Wednesday night between mile markers 217 and 215 on Interstate 85 in Vance County.

Driver Milton Lewis, 54, of Virginia, said a blown tire caused him to lose control and go down an embankment just before 7 p.m.

The truck caught fire, and flames spread quickly to a load of plastic pellets in the trailer.

Traffic was backed up for 5 miles directly after the crash.

Lewis was transported to Duke University Hospital in Durham with non-life threatening injuries.

Troopers said they are investigating whether Lewis fell asleep before the crash.

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  • whocares Feb 21, 2008

    IT SHOULDN'T BE HARD TO DETERMINE WHETHER A BLOWN TIRE CAUSED THIS ACCIDENT. LOOK AT THE TIRES.

  • PraiseHim Feb 21, 2008

    Looks like it was a blown tire that caused the accident. I don't know why they would consider that he may have fallen asleep. Does a blown tire in a trailer like that cause the car to be a little out of control?

  • dogsrule12cheek Feb 21, 2008

    That has always been a bad strech of hwy for some reason

  • oldrebel Feb 21, 2008

    "Troopers said they are investigating whether Lewis fell asleep before the crash." And right below that is an ad for "24 hour, Non-Drowsy relief from your allergies with Claritin." Now that has to be perfect! Kudo's to the ad placement team!