3 separate crashes force shutdown of Interstate 95

Selma Fire Department
Selma Fire Department

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The N.C. Department of Transportation is urging motorists to avoid Interstate 95 near Smithfield because of three separate crashes, one of which involved hazardous materials.

A statement from NCDOT said both directions of I-95 will remain closed until further notice between mile markers 87 and 97. Department work crews will have to inspect the roadway for damage and make necessary repairs before lanes can be reopened.

Johnston County Emergency Management reported Wednesday that the hazardous material caught fire as a result of the crash and must be allowed to burn out.

There was no immediate word on injuries.

Northbound traffic on I-95 is being directed to take exit 87; southbound traffic is to take exit 97. Travelers can also use an alternate route via U.S. 264 and I-40 through Raleigh.