According to a preliminary investigation, several semi-trucks were traveling in the northbound lanes when "a strong gust of wind blew across the interstate from the west," causing one trailer to "become airborne" and strike another truck in the right lane, said Sgt. Glen Fifield.
"Both drivers then lost control of their vehicles, with one striking the median guardrail before hitting the concrete bridge abutment," Fifield noted. "The cab of the truck then separated from the frame."
The first truck ended up crashing into a creek as the cab came to a stop on its side in the median. The second truck involved wound up in a nearby ditch.
Images released by police showed the extent of the damage.
"Both drivers were transported from the scene with non-life-threatening injuries," Fifield said.
At the same time, a second crash was reported a mile away involving two semi-trucks and a box truck when one of the vehicles slowed down.
State police said the box truck was rear-ended by the tanker-truck and pushed into another semi.
"The box truck then crashed into the right ditch while the tanker jackknifed and crashed into the median before also coming to a rest in the right ditch," police said. "The driver had to be extricated from the cab and transported from the scene with non-life threatening injuries."
The roadway was closed for several hours after both crashes, according to the police.