I-85 NB near I-40 split in Orange County reopens following 6-hour closure after crash

Orange County News

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) – An overturned tractor-trailer closed Interstate 85 north in Orange County near Durham for six hours Wednesday morning.

The crash was reported at approximately 3:50 a.m. south of Hillsborough at I-85 north just north of the Interstate 40 split in Orange County, North Carolina State Highway Patrol officials said. The wreck occurred about one mile south of Exit 164.

According to highway patrol, the driver of the truck ran off the road to the right and slammed into the guardrail. The cab came to a rest on its side across the lanes on I-85 and the trailer detached and slid down an embankment, officials said.

The crash damaged about 400 feet of the guardrail. The driver was not injured, according to authorities.

Highway patrol officials said I-85 northbound at the I-40 split was expected to be shut down until 8 or 9 a.m. The road reopened around 10 a.m.

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