FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (WNCN) — The North Carolina State Highway Patrol has said that the search for two vehicles in the Cape Fear River has been suspended for the night and will resume in the morning.
The search started around 7 p.m., after NCSHP received a report that a vehicle crashed on Interstate 95 SB before exit 46 and into the river.
“We also received information that there were possibly two vehicles that had exited the bridge due to some type of accident, maybe a road rage incident, which hasn’t been confirmed,” said Richard Bradshaw, Fire Chief for the Vander Fire Department. “I was told by one of the people who approached me that one was a white vehicle, I was also informed by another person that one was a black vehicle.”
It’s unclear how many people were inside of the vehicles. Firefighters at the scene told CBS 17 the river is known to have strong currents and the area has waters up to 19 feet deep. Vander said the water was murky during the search and had a lot of debris.
At least five water rescue boats were involved in the search.
“At this part of the search with the side sonar, we’ve had some hits, but we really don’t have nothing that’s alerting,” said Vander. “We’ve had some hits, so that’s why we’re gonna cease for the night.
The search was suspended around 11:15 p.m. and will resume around 9 a.m.
“If there are vehicles, or a vehicle in the water, it’s pretty much easy to say it will be a recovery, with the amount of time that’s passed.”
Southbound lanes of Interstate 95 were closed near Fayetteville. The road reopened after 11:15 p.m.
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