Tractor-trailer wreck injures 1 on I-95

Posted June 21, 2008 7:56 a.m. EDT
Updated June 21, 2008 11:18 a.m. EDT

Traffic Accident (generic)

— All lanes of Interstate 95 through Rocky Mount have been reopened after a tractor-trailer overturned early Saturday.

Alvin Houston, of Salisbury, was driving north on I-95 when he lost control of his vehicle around 6:30 a.m., state Trooper S. Dail said.

Houston's truck ran off the road to the left, striking the guardrail. The tractor-trailer then flipped over and crashed into the concrete barrier that supports the Halifax Road overpass.

Dail said Houston was airlifted to Pitt Memorial Hospital, in Greenville, where he was listed in extremely critical condition.

No other vehicles or people were involved in the wreck.

Heavy congestion between mile markers 140 and 146 was expected to linger into the early afternoon. Transportation officials advised drivers to use alternate routes.

Traffic had to be re-routed from I-95 while both north and southbound lanes were shut down for about an hour after the wreck. Portions of both sides of the interstate were closed for longer, but cars could get by on one lane and the shoulder.

Troopers believe fatigue might have caused the wreck. Charges were pending against Houston.

Houston was driving a truck D. Robeson Enterprise.