LUMBERTON, N.C. – The North Carolina Highway Patrol says five people have been killed in a fiery crash that closed a portion of Interstate 95 in both directions.
Trooper William Henning confirmed Tuesday that three adults and two children were killed in the crash. The victims haven't been identified because next of kin have not been notified.
Video from television news helicopters showed at least two tractor-trailers with mangled cabs, along with several other vehicles that appear to have been involved. One smaller vehicle was charred, and smoke was wafting overhead.
An alert from the N.C. Department of Transportation said it could take until ABOUT midnight to reopen all lanes of I-95. The DOT offers detour instructions on its website. Cars were backed up for miles in both directions.