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I-95 North Reopens After Truck Collision in Robeson County

All northbound lanes of Interstate 95 were closed for about 3 1/2 hours near mile marker 26 after a car-carrier struck another tractor-trailer, the Highway Patrol said.

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SAINT PAULS, N.C. — An accident involving tractor-trailers on Interstate 95 closed the northbound lanes for several hours Tuesday afternoon near mile marker 26 in Robeson County.

State troopers reopened the highway about 4 p.m.

The wreck occurred about 12:30 p.m. south of the town of St. Pauls, and traffic backed up well south of the scene as firefighters diverted traffic at Exit 25, sending it onto U.S. Highway 301 north, then N.C. Highway 20 east back to the interstate.

The accident involved tractor-trailers, and heavy wreckers were called to the scene to handle them.

Troopers said a car-carrier was accelerating into the northbound travel lanes from a weigh-station ramp when traffic slowed suddenly. They cited the driver, Felix Walker of AA&A Auto Transport, with failure to decrease speed as necessary to avoid colliding with another vehicle.

Walker's 18-wheeler, carrying six vehicles on the trailer, hit another truck, which came to rest off the left side of the road. Wheeler was able to pull off the right side of the road.

Troopers said there were no injuries.


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