2 crashes close I-85 for hours in Vance County

Gridlock traffic on Sunday near mile marker 220 in Vance County. Photo by AJ Janavel/CBS North Carolina

MIDDLEBURG, N.C. (WNCN) — Northbound Interstate 85 traffic was backed up more than four miles after the interstate was closed for hours following two vehicle crashes that happened minutes apart in Vance County on Sunday afternoon, officials said.

The incidents were first reported around 1:15 p.m. at mile marker 220 near SR-1371 (Flemingtown Road) in Vance County near Middleburg, according to the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

Around 2:45 p.m. southbound lanes reopened, but northbound lanes were closed until 5:10 p.m.  Authorities warned that heavy congestion was lingering from the earlier crashes.

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Officials said that there were two separate crashes -– one in each direction — that closed the highway.

As of 4:45 p.m. northbound traffic was backed up about five miles, according to traffic mapping data.

One woman told CBS North Carolina she had been stuck in traffic for several hours.

“So they need to bring some porta potties out here and some dinner cause we are starving,” she said through the window of her stationary car.

Detours were set up for each direction of I-85.

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