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Fiery Tractor-Trailer Crash Causes Interstate 85 Traffic Backup

Posted February 20, 2008 9:51 p.m. EST
Updated February 21, 2008 12:08 a.m. EST

— 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.