Fiery crash closes stretch of I-73, I-85 in Greensboro for hours

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GREENSBORO, N.C. (WFMY) – Parts of Interstates-73 and -85 in Greensboro are shut down after a fiery crash near where the highways intersect Thursday morning, North Carolina State Highway Patrol says.

A tanker loaded with 8,500 gallons of gasoline crashed and caught fire after hitting a patch of ice on the I-73 south ramp above I-85 north in Greensboro.

The driver, Carl Wilson Throckmorton II, was able to escape before the tanker caught fire and is OK after being released from the hospital.

Throckmorton of Scottsburg, Virginia lost control after hitting an icy patch of road around 7:30 a.m.. The tanker went off the road to the right, hit an embankment of snow and a concrete barrier, causing it to overturn.

Throckmorton was delivering a load to a station in Asheboro.

Authorities cited Throckmorton for driving too fast for conditions.

The crash was near Exit 97-B on I-73 close to the I-85 intersection. I-85 north has since reopened, although the exit ramp to I-73 is still closed. I-85 south is still impacted. I-73 south remains closed with traffic south of the Gate City Boulevard exit being diverted onto the Groometown Road exit. Highway Patrol says there is no definite time for reopening the roads.

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