HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (WNCN) — A section of both Interstate 85 southbound and northbound in Hillsborough was closed Monday morning after a tractor-trailer carrying bananas flipped over when the driver fell asleep, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.
The crash occurred around 3:45 a.m. on I-85 southbound at the Interstate 40 split near mile marker 163, Sgt. Michael Baker with the North Carolina Highway Patrol said.
According to authorities, the driver fell asleep at the wheel and ran off the interstate into the median and hit the guardrail before overturning. The truck continued sliding and the trailer hit a bridge pillar, which tore the trailer open and spilled bananas into the median and across all northbound lanes of I-85.
The driver was not injured.
All but one lane of I-85 southbound and northbound was shut down for a period of time, but I-40 was not impacted, CBS North Carolina’s Justin Quesinberry said.
Crews were able to turn the tractor-trailer upright around 6 a.m. and removed the truck just before 6:45 a.m.
Boxes of bananas spilled between the lanes of I-85 and debris from the shredded truck was scattered along the side of the road.
As of 9 a.m., one southbound lane of I-85 was open and the shoulder on the northbound side is being used as a travel lane.
Northbound lanes were reopen at 10 a.m., the Highway Patrol confirmed.