Multiple deaths reported after crash on I-95 in NC
North Carolina Highway Patrol shut down I-95 from mile marker 7 in Lumberton, N.C., to South of the Border in Dillon County, S.C., after the crash between at least two tractor trailers.
As of around 4:40 p.m. North Carolina DOT said the estimated time of clearance near mile marker 7 in Robeson County is after midnight for southbound lanes. "We're working to get northbound open ASAP," NCDOT said.
Dispatchers said an 18 wheeler had problems with its fuel tank and caught fire, igniting several other cars.
Officers on scene said there are multiple people dead from the crash.
Firefighters on scene said three helicopters are being used to fly injured people to the hospital.
A detour is in place to direct traffic around the scene of the crash.
Motorists headed northbound must take Exit 2 and turn left onto N.C. 130 North. Continue onto N.C. 130 North to U.S. 301 North/Bond Street. Follow U.S. 301 North to get back to I-95 North.
For drivers traveling south, take Exit 10 and turn right onto U.S. 301 South. Continue for nine miles and turn left onto N.C. 130 East/East Main Street to turn onto I-95 South.
Once the crash is clear, crews will need to inspect the roadway for safety before opening the route.