Traffic stands still after truck overturns, catches fire on U.S. 1
Posted March 19, 2012
Updated March 20, 2012
Apex, N.C. — A tractor-trailer that overturned and caught fire on the median of U.S. Highway 1 caused major traffic backups near Apex Monday night, authorities said.
The wreck happened near the New Hill-Holleman Road exit around 6:45 p.m. No injuries were reported.
Many cars got stuck between the guardrail and concrete barriers for about two hours. With barely enough room for police cars to squeeze through, drivers cut off their engines and stepped out onto the road.
"Things happen. It's an accident. All we can do is wait it out," said driver Kimberley Jones.
Jorge Arriagada said he had his children in the car and was very grateful for his iPhone.
"Just trying to keep them entertained (with) electronics," he said with a laugh.
Rescue crews eventually cleared a path to let trapped drivers through. For hours, all traffic was detoured off U.S. 1 onto N.C. Highway 55.