FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — Interstate 95 south was closed for about an hour Saturday afternoon after a deadly motorcycle crash north of Fayetteville, officials said.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation said I-95 was closed at exit 71, which is Long Branch Road, after a crash around 3 p.m.
Officials told CBS 17 that a motorcyclist was involved in a single-vehicle crash. First responders worked for about 30 minutes to save the motorcyclist, but the person died at the scene, officials said.
About an hour after the wreck, the left lane reopened, but the right lane was still closed until about 4:40 p.m. when the highway reopened.
However, about 20 minutes later the NCDOT issued a notice about continued traffic congestion because of the earlier wreck.
An NCDOT camera at exit 71, which is Long Branch Road, earlier showed massive traffic back-ups in the southbound lanes.
A nearby road parallel to I-95, which was being used as a detour, also showed traffic back-ups on another camera and in sensors from the NCDOT.
The crash happened near mile marker 66 around 3 p.m., according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
The NCDOT initially said the highway should be clear by 6:10 p.m., but it actually cleared much earlier, officials said.