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One killed in I-85 tractor-trailer wreck

Posted June 30, 2011
Updated July 1, 2011

— One person was killed and several others were injured Thursday in a wreck in Orange County that caused traffic delays and lane closures on Interstate 85 for most of the day.

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The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said a tractor-trailer carrying cement mixers traveling southbound on I-85, overturned around 9:45 a.m. near the N.C. Highway 86 exit (mile marker 165), knocking off the mixers.

That triggered another wreck involving a tanker, a Mazda Protégé, a Ford Crown Victoria and another tractor-trailer hauling cardboard that caught on fire.

The driver of the tractor-trailer that caught fire died, State Trooper Greg Ingram said, but his identity hasn't been released.

Six people, including the driver of the cement truck and a 7-year-old girl, were taken to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill, where, spokesman Tom Hughes said, four people from the wreck were treated for injuries, as well as two passersbys who stopped to help.

Four of the of the patients from the wreck were listed in fair condition, Thursday afternoon, Hughes said. One of the passerbys was later released; the other was listed in good condition.

A seventh person was taken to Duke University Hospital for treatement.

Both directions of I-85 were closed for about five hours, causing traffic backups for miles, as emergency and clean-up crews worked at the scene. A small section of the right southbound lane was blocked for an additional six hours, reopening just after 8:30 p.m.


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  • fairyswearboots2 Jun 30, 2011

    My husband drives an 18 wheeler and has now for over 25 years and has never had an accident but he's seen many and has saved many lives.One thing people need to know about Truck Drivers CAN NOT STOP ON A DIME LIKE CARS(4 WHEELERS)CAN especially if they are Loaded.I hope the truck driver that died did not suffer~ may he rest in peace, It's sad.those that were hurt I'm sure they are grateful they are alive because of something they will never forget.

  • firecracker Jun 30, 2011

    Thank you so much to the Wal-mart employees who were walking down the interstate giving out water to those of us who were stuck in this traffic for 2-1/2 hours. I stopped about 10:25 and started moving again at 1:00. Prayers to the families of the victim and to those who were injured.

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 30, 2011

    For those posting here making assumptions just so they can lay blame, stop!!!

    The loved ones of those injured and/or deceased may be reading these comments, and they don't need to read lame ones laying blame when not details have been released yet.

    Think for a moment! If one of your loved ones was involved in this, would you want to come here and read lame comments guessing about what happened just so someone could point a finger of blame?

    Wake up!!!

    And grow up!!!

  • RB aka Spirit Warrior Woman Jun 30, 2011

    Gracious, what's happening out there.

    Praying for all involved and for those who love them. Praying for the rescuers too.

  • 1 awesome Dad Jun 30, 2011

    I am so thankful that after 12 years of driving that I was never in a situation like this.

  • furboden Jun 30, 2011

    I passed by this accident shortly after it happened. I could tell that someone had died in the tractor-trailer by looking at the damage. So sad.

  • dec2009grad Jun 30, 2011

    Amen fitteryou! My husband drives for a living. Not a single person needs to lay a blame on these truckers. There are four wheelers out there that run retreads on their car. Yes, there are truck drivers out there that can do a lot better. We all make mistakes. We all need to take a look in the mirror first before we go judging someone else.

  • Pretzel Logic Jun 30, 2011

    I find it funny,,,(funny "odd" not funny amusing)that every self proclaimed christian has their own interpretation of how "Gods Will" works, Every one is different, If "God Created" and "God Controls" "Gods Plan" "God knows all" Why are other people subjected to my free will? Why does your Free Will interfere with mine? Don't each of us have our own free will? Why does he "God" only get credit for the good things? Looks like somebody made him "God" very angry and unleashed his fiery wrath upon many who were just going about their daily Free Will.

  • OGE Jun 30, 2011

    7th Seal, replace accident with abortion, rape or murder and see how well your logic holds up.

    Kind of reminds me of how a pastor I once heard tried to say that bad things happen to us because fo the sin of Adam and Eve. I got up and walked out.

  • Real World Jun 30, 2011

    My heart and prayers are with the victim family. This is really bad. And mac6609 i'm sorry for how 7th Seal trying to SUPER SPIRITUALIZE every sitution and make it a GOD thing. Just consider the source some people just don't know what to say or when to say it or better yet when too just keep your mouth closed. I'm a Christian and love God but all of what 7th seal is saying in just not need right now!!! All the individual involved need our prayers and support not a sermon or God being pushed on them.