I-40 Truck Wreck
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DURHAM, N.C. — At least three people were killed in a wreck that closed all lanes of Interstate 40 west in Orange County on Thursday afternoon, the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.
All lanes of I-40 west remain closed at U.S. Highway 15/501 after the wreck which involved at least five vehicles, including a tractor-trailer, box truck and three passenger vehicles, Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Jeff Gordon said.
A full-size pick-up truck could be seen wrapped around the grill of the tractor-trailer.
"It is pretty much compacted to the front of that truck," Gordon said.
Gordon did not say how many people were transported to area hospitals with injuries or the severity of those injuries. The names of those killed were not released.
One vehicle caught fire in the wreck, which happened just around 4 p.m.
Gordon described it as "one of the most intensive wrecks I have seen in a long time."
Crews are still trying to determine what caused the wreck. Troopers have used helicopters to take photos of the scene which will be used in a simulation to determine what happened.
"We are still basically trying to put this puzzle back together," Gordon said.
Westbound traffic is being detoured at Exit 273 onto N.C. Highway 54. Motorists are being sent into Chapel Hill and then onto N.C. 86 North back to I-40 at Exit 266.
Motorists traveling on I-40 through the Raleigh-Durham area to points west of Durham are strongly encouraged to take U.S. 1 South (Exit 293) to U.S. 64 West (Exit 98) towards Siler City, then U.S. 421 North towards Greensboro to I-73, then to I-85 and back to I-40.