Two Knightdale police SUVs involved in crash; I540E closed at Buffaloe Road

Posted October 17, 2021 5:50 a.m. EDT
Updated October 17, 2021 5:57 a.m. EDT

— Eastbound lanes of Interstate 540 are closed at Exit 20, Buffaloe Road, after an overnight crash that involved two Knightdale police SUVs.

Authorities tell WRAL News that the police were responding to a crash on the interstate between Buffaloe Road and Knightdale Boulevard when a third vehicle hit one and it likely hit the other. The first police vehicle was badly damaged and burned. The second police vehicle was also damaged.

Three people were taken to an area hospital after the crash. It was not immediately clear whether any law enforcement officers were hurt.

The crash happened just before 3 a.m., and the North Carolina Department of Transportation estimated lanes would remain closed through about 7 a.m.

Eastbound motorists are advised to exit I-540 at Exit 18 to US-401 South, turn right onto US-401 South, and follow US-401 South to the on ramp for I-440 East. Take the on ramp to I-440 East, and follow I-440 East to Exit 14 for I-87 North/US-64 East/US-264 East. Take Exit 14 to I-87 North/US-64 East/US-264 East, follow I-87 North/US-64 East/US-264 East to Exit 7 (I-540), and take Exit 7 to re-access I-540.

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