Car collides with rig, setting off fiery I-95 crash
Posted June 4, 2014
Roanoke Rapids, N.C. — The southbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Roanoke Rapids were shut down early Wednesday after a fiery crash involving a tractor-trailer and another vehicle.
State Trooper R.P. Dennis said the crash happened about 5:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes near Exit 173.
Dennis said a vehicle driven by Mark Anthony Richardson, of Rocky Mount, drifted into the next lane and collided with the tractor-trailer, which was hauling lumber. The rig driver was identified as Martin Sherwood with Goldsboro-based Vance Transportation.
Neither man was injured, but the collision caused the tractor-trailer to flip and slide into the southbound lane. The rig ignited and burned.
Troopers said the road could stay closed until noon as cleanup crews work to remove the charred tractor-trailer and lumber that was scattered across the road.
Drivers are advised drivers to find alternate routes. The following detour has been set up:
N.C. Highway 46 to U.S. 301 to U.S. 158/US-301. Continue on US-158/US-301 to NC-903. Turn right onto N.C. 903 to re-access I-95 at Exit 168.
Dennis said Richardson was cited in the crash.