At least 45 vehicles involved in crash that closed I-40/I-85 in Orange County

Orange County News

EFLAND, N.C. (WNCN/WFMY) — Authorities now say a major series of crashes on Interstate 40/85 involved up to 50 vehicles Saturday night in Orange County east of Mebane.

Orange County Communications initially said at least 20 vehicles were involved in the crash near the weigh station around the Orange County/Alamance County line near Efland.

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The North Carolina State Highway Patrol later issued a news release that said between 45 and 50 vehicles were involved in crashes on both sides of the highway.

An ambulance from Alamance County was called to the scene, which is just west of the I-85/I-40 split. The wreck, which was reported just after 6 p.m., impacted both eastbound and westbound lanes.

A serious injury was reported and several minor injuries were reported, the news release from the N.C. State Highway Patrol said.

Both directions of I-40/85 were closed until 8:35 p.m.

Troopers said they were unsure what triggered the wreck, but that “the crash location was experiencing heavy rain at the time.”

The first series of crashes occurred on the westbound side while the other series happened on the other side, troopers said in the news release.

Shoulders on both sides of the highway reopened just before 9:25 p.m. but several cars were still being towed from the scene at the truck weigh station.

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