BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) – The Latest on a series of wrecks near Burlington, North Carolina, involving more than 130 vehicles (all times local):
Speeding and other driver lapses in heavy rain and fog are being blamed for a huge series of wrecks on Interstate 40 in North Carolina that involved more than 130 vehicles and injured two dozen people.
No one was killed in Sunday’s wrecks about halfway between Durham and Greensboro.
A statement from Michael Baker with the North Carolina Department of Public Safety said the accidents started Sunday afternoon in the eastbound lanes on I-40 in Alamance County. The statement says motorists failed to slow quickly enough and were involved in four different initial wrecks involving two dozen vehicles.
As crews worked to clear up the initial wrecks, those traveling west began to slow down to look at the scene and a number of wrecks occurred in the westbound lanes. The road reopened shortly before 11 p.m.
The statement adds that high speed, following too closely and a failure by motorists to pay attention to road conditions were also to blame.
A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper says more than 130 vehicles were involved in a series of wrecks on Interstate 40 but no serious injuries were reported.
Sgt. Danny Jenkins tells The Times-News of Burlington (http://bit.ly/1Lm5ekF ) that as many as 134 vehicles were involved in the wrecks that began late Sunday afternoon over a six-mile stretch of the highway between Mebane and Graham.
Ambulances from four counties carried about 20 people to hospitals with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. No one died.
The road reopened around 11 p.m. Sunday.
Jenkins said some of the wrecks were caused as people slowed to take pictures of the scene.
Alamance County communications supervisor Chuck Pickard said the initial wreck may have been caused by wet roads.
Authorities say scores of vehicles were involved in a series of wrecks that injured 20 people and shut down part of Interstate 40 in central North Carolina for hours.
North Carolina Highway Patrol spokesman Jordan Pack tells The News & Observer of Raleigh more than 100 vehicles were involved in the crashes Sunday evening in Alamance County.
Pack says there were 20 minor injuries but no fatalities. He says it’s not clear what caused the first pileup.
Authorities told WRAL-TV the wet roadway may have been a factor in many accidents and rubbernecking could have caused several others.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation reported around 8:45 p.m. that I-40 West/I-85 South was closed at an exit near Burlington. It reopened around 11:15 p.m.
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