Tractor-trailer driver flown to North Carolina hospital after crash on I-95 in Robeson County

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Photo: North Carolina Department of Transportation

ROBESON COUNTY, N.C. (WBTW) — A tractor-trailer driver was flown to a North Carolina hospital Wednesday after a collision with another truck on southbound Interstate 95 in Robeson County, authorities said.

First Sgt. Sherwood Brent Lewis of the North Carolina Highway Patrol said the injured driver became trapped in his truck after it rear-ended another tractor-trailer that was traveling at a reduced speed because of a blown tire. The driver was flown to a hospital in Chapel Hill, Lewis said.

No information about the driver’s injuries was immediately available, and Lewis said no charges have been filed at this time.

The crash happened about 1 p. m. at mile marker 25 near Highway 301, and both southbound lanes were shut down for about two hours. The driver of the truck that had slowed down did not appear to be injured, Lewis said.

As of about 4:30 p.m., crews were continuing to clean up debris from the crash. The right shoulder of the southbound lanes remained closed, according to a North Carolina Department of Transportation traffic camera.

Earlier, Traffic camera images also showed a helicopter on the highway and first responders working in the area. The camera also showed debris scattered along the highway. One lane of the highway was reopened about 2:35 p.m, and both lanes were open again by about 3 p.m., NCDOT said.

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