Accidents Cause Delays On I-95

A series of accidents on Interstate 95 in Johnston County Thursday morning caused delays.

It started just before 6:00am in the northbound lanes of I-95 between the US 701 Exit in Four Oaks and the Brogden Road Exit in Smithfield.

It started when a passenger car losing control on the wet pavement and came to rest sideways. A tractor trailer could not avoid striking the car, spinning it around.  A second tractor trailer collided with the car head on, but not before the driver of the passenger car jumped from the vehicle into the median moments before it was struck.

The driver of the car sustained serious but non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Wake Medical Center by ambulance. The second semi driver sustained minor injuries.

Three other passenger cars were damaged when they struck debris in the road.

Another accident took place about a half-mile south of the first collision. A motorist lost control and struck the back of a tanker truck that had slowed for the first accident.  There were no serious injuries in the second wreck.

It took more than two hours before all the wrecked vehicles could be towed from the scene and all the lanes reopened.  Photos courtesy John Payne