ROWLAND — Interstate 95 has been closed down in both directions between mile markers two and 10 because of a fiery wreck that appears to involve at last three vehicles and has killed mulitiple people.
According to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the accident occurred around 1:04 p.m. outside the McDonald community. It will affect interstate traffic until deep into the evening.
“We are not sure of the number of fatalities at this time,” said Stephanie Chavis, director Robeson County Emergency Management.
The accident involved three tractor-trailer rigs and multiple private vehicles, she said. Two of the tractor-trailer rigs, one of which was carrying 500 gallons of gasoline, caught fire. Two sport utility vehicles also caught fire.
One tractor-trailer rig tried to avoid the crash by crossing into the northbound lanes, Chavis said. The rig crossed the lanes, drove into the bordering trees and caught fire.
A special response team out of Fayetteville was called to handle hazardous material at the scene, Chavis said. Also working the scene are personnel from the Department of Transportation, the state Highway Patrol, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, paramedics, firefighters and Emergency Management.
“The fires have been contained, but some of the vehicles are still smoking,” Chavis said about 3:30 p.m. today.
Southbound and northbound lanes of I-95 will be closed until 10 p.m., she said.
Social media posts by NCDOT state that a detour has been established for motorists and to expect delays.
Drivers traveling south must take Exit 10 for U.S. 301 South and turn right onto U.S. 301 South. Continue for nine miles and turn left onto N.C. 130/East Main Street. Continue onto N.C. 130 to re-access I-95 South.
Those traveling north must take Exit 2 for N.C. 130 North and turn left on N.C. 130 North. Continue on N.C. 130 North to U.S. 301 North/Bond Street. Follow U.S. 301 North to re-access I-95 North.