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All lanes open on I-95 following multi-vehicle wreck near Rocky Mount

Posted May 9, 2012
Updated May 10, 2012

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— Traffic on Interstate 95 in Nash County was back up to highway speed Thursday morning, hours after a major wreck involving three tractor-trailers.

The wreck, which happened around 10 p.m. about one mile south of the U.S. Highway 64 interchange, forced authorities to close both directions of the highway for a short time. Southbound lanes were reopened overnight, but northbound lanes remained closed until about 7:20 a.m. Thursday, when officials reopened one of the two lanes to let dozens of other tractor-trailers pass by.

The road was fully re-opened to traffic around 10:30 a.m.

According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, fire from the wreck damaged the road surface and guardrails. Drivers are urged to use caution when traveling through the area.

Crews used dish detergent to clear cooking oil spilled by one of the trucks off the road surface.

All three drivers involved in the wreck were transported to the hospital. One was airlifted to the Jaycee Burn Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Medical Center.

The names of the drivers were not released, but two were in critical condition early Thursday.

Officials weren't sure what caused the accident, but said the tractor-trailer carrying cooking oil caught fire. The fire spread to the cab of a second tractor-trailer following the wreck, but all three drivers were out of their cabs when emergency officials arrived on scene.

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  • frosty May 10, 4:37 p.m.

    The driver that was sent to the UNC burn unit died.

  • frosty May 10, 4:34 p.m.

    seankelly15,

    Unless things have changed, if you need it on time don't count on the railroad. And the "delivery trucks" are usually tractor trailers.

    Many of the trucks on the road are limited to 64 or 65 MPH and some less. So on most of I-95 they can't get to the speed limit.

  • ecupir8_Hatteras May 10, 12:23 p.m.

    It is amazing at what the news will tell in a story regardless if it is correct or true. They are right about all three drivers being transported to hospitals, but they are wrong about one being flown to UNC. Two drivers were taken to the local hopsital and the other was taken by ground to the Jaycee Burn Center at UNC. It is a shame that the source many depend on to get information and news cannot even get details on a simple story correct.

  • BEACH May 10, 11:47 a.m.

    Guys Please give these Truck Drivers some respect, they are due it.
    Think of the hours they are away from their families and see all the crazy drivers on the road daily. I am sure they are some Bad Drivers out there but the MOST OF THE TRUCK DRIVERS are safe and hard working.

  • BEACH May 10, 11:41 a.m.

    lots of PRAYERS FOR THESE DRIVERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.
    REALLY Seankelly15

    MOST OF THE CARS on the road cause the Tractor Trailor Drivers, they canot stop on a dime, so please do always blame them most of the time it is the drivers in cars.
    No next time u pick up ANYTHING if was proably delivered bya tractor driver that works hard for a living for him and his family.

  • jamesebyerly May 10, 11:37 a.m.

    OGE...are you a first responder? If not than you have no idea what happens at the scene of an accident...first of all you have to make sure everyone is ok...including emergency workers....second we have to protect the public rubber neckers...then we have to get the insurance and vehicle IDs as required by the state office of insurance...and the FD CANT leave till the are cleared by the police or highway patrol. Often times we are standing around talking but it isn't because we get jolly's for making you late...there is a saying better to arrive late than dead!

  • dgcreech May 10, 11:35 a.m.

    jamesbyerly - I couldn't have said it better myself! Every single town in this country does not exist along a rail. Many do, but not all of them. Even if they do, the amount of money that would be spent to carry a rail car from Tampa, FL (for example) to Maine would be relatively cheap - it's simply northbound ..... however if you wanted to go from Tampa up to Montana, well you have to take one rail north, then take one west, then likely another one north.... too many stops, switching and the rail companies charge more. Still think it's cheaper? Why do you think most people drive for their vacations and don't take the rails? Truck drivers deserve as much respect as every other driver on the road!

  • jamesebyerly May 10, 11:24 a.m.

    Seankelly15...trains move freight long distances...many of my companies trailers are loaded on flatbed freight cars for the train...but to make it from my building to the train yard a tractor...as in tractor trailer has to tow it there. It us not just a delivery truck. Plus if you have ordered ANYTHING chances are it never saw a freight train...only the inside of a trailer pulled by a tractor. Our economy would be far worse if it weren't for tractor trailer drivers. Thx drivers for doing what you do...more safely than 4 wheelers ever thought about being.

  • ramclori May 10, 11:23 a.m.

    Really, seankelly15 ??

    Yes, my husband was just driving along and with everyone else on the road and decided, "Hey, I think I'll turn over my truck right here in the middle of the road!"
    Not that your comment deserves an explanation but in short, the driver of the car had been on front of him, moved over and then cut back in front of him. Instead of plowing into the back of it, he took our truck off the road, purposely endagering his own life. Feel better now?

  • dgcreech May 10, 11:19 a.m.

    @ casoucie - Good analogy! I bet that he has never carried on a conversation with a truck driver, nor does he know the stress that rude drivers cause them. They may have 18 wheels on their vehicle but thats only approximately 12-14 tires that are braking. With that much weight, you can't stop quickly (even when drivers cut them off or pull out in front of them).

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