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2 die in multiple-vehicle accidents on I-95 south

The North Carolina Department of Transportation announced this week that the southbound lanes of I-95 were shut down between exits 97 and 81 a five-vehicle collision and fire resulted in two deaths.

Only one day after the same stretch of North Carolina interstate was reopened after the flood from Hurricane Matthew, three major collisions on Wednesday, Oct. 19, at approximately 1:30 p.m. caused the evacuation of residents and businesses located in a two-mile radius of mile marker 95, the site of the explosion and subsequent conflagration.

WNCN, a CBS affiliate reported that one of the large trucks involved in the collisions had a cargo of acidic hazardous materials on board, which caused the explosion and inferno that burned for hours.

The initial wreck occurred when a tractor-trailer driver lost control and slammed into the tree line, pinning the driver, WNCN reported. Then, rubberneckers in the northbound lanes of the interstate caused traffic to back up. A recreational vehicle hit the rear of the hazmat tanker, igniting it on impact.

The final, fatal accident happened a few miles about seven miles from the second. A truck ran into the back of another RV, spinning it around and into the path of still another truck. This truck hit a car, slamming it into a tractor-trailer. Two occupants in the RV died in this collision.

The damage from the fire necessitated repairs to the road's surface, further delaying the stretch of interstate in Johnston Co. from being reopened. By early Thursday, the northbound lanes were clear for traffic flow. The southbound lanes reopened later that evening.

When there are so many separate, yet related, accidents, it can be difficult to determine full liability for the damages and losses incurred by those who were killed or injured in the wrecks. An experienced personal injury attorney can sort it all out and make sure that all defendants are identified for the clients.

Source: Overdrive Online, "I-95 South in N.C. closed for 16-mile section after series of truck-involved accidents," Matt Cole, Oct. 20, 2016

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