BENSON – A major traffic accident has closed eastbound Interstate 40 in Johnston County. The crash was reported around 1:30pm today (Wednesday) near the 325 mile marker, about three miles west of the I-95 interchange.
According to the State Highway Patrol, an empty tractor trailer was traveling westbound when it swerved into the median, through a guard cable, and into the eastbound lanes. The truck collided with an eastbound tractor trailer loaded with garbage. Both trucks overturned across the eastbound lanes.
Several vehicles in the eastbound lanes slammed on brakes to avoid the overturned trucks. A chain reaction collision was reported between some vehicles as they avoiding the first accident.
Both semi drivers sustained non-life threatening injuries and were transported to WakeMed. The at-fault driver reportedly did not have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). He is facing a number of charges.
Westbound lanes of I-40 remain open but there are onlooker delays. Eastbound lanes are closed and traffic is being detoured off the interstate at Exit 325.
Eastbound lanes are expected to be closed through at least 6:00pm.