At least one dead in 6-vehicle collision on I-85


MIDDLEBURG, N.C. (WNCN) – At least one person is dead in a multi-vehicle collision that closed Interstate 85 Friday afternoon in Warren County.

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All lanes were closed starting at noon but were reopened by 5:30 p.m.

The wreck, which was first reported around noon, involved two tractor trailers and four passenger vehicles, and one of the tractor trailers burned after the wreck, according to the State Highway Patrol.

At 3:20 p.m., officials confirmed at least one person was killed in the incident.

Traffic had slowed in the area shortly before noon, according to the State Highway Patrol. But a tractor trailer didn’t slow down as it approached and plowed into the back of a second tractor trailer. That tractor trailer was pushed into the three vehicles ahead of it, troopers said. Another vehicle then also failed to slow down and slammed into the back of the first tractor, according to the highway patrol.

“The truck which failed to stop caught on fire and was incinerated,” the highway patrol wrote. “The driver … succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

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