HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – All lanes of North Carolina Interstate 85 north and Interstate 40 east are closed following an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer collision wreck that occurred at approximately 8:50 p.m. in Orange County near Hillsborough, the North Carolina Department of Transportation said.
NCDOT said an 18-wheeler broke down in the middle of the interstate and then was rear-ended by a second tractor-trailer going 65 mph.
The driver of the second semi-truck ended up trapped in the vehicle, but was eventually extracted and transported to UNC Hospital’s shock trauma.
The crash happened along I-85 just before the split with I-40 near exit 163 west of Hillsborough.
A DOT camera shows traffic stopped at the scene, but cars are now beginning to pass along the shoulder, DOT said.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol originally had two lanes shut down, but upped it to a full northbound closure after sending a trooper to the scene, officials told CBS 17 over the phone.
Officials confirmed the man transported was between 40 and 50 years old and the driver of the broken-down 18-wheeler was not injured.
Lanes reopened early Saturday.