Slick, slushy roads made for tough traveling conditions across the Triangle early this morning. Authorities advise you to stay inside, off the roads if you can.
“The roads are very bad,” said North Carolina Department of Transportation engineer Joseph Turner. Highways were slowly clearing up Tuesday, but secondary roads were still dangerous.
The State Highway Patrol responded to more than 2,570 calls Monday and had already responded to more than 700 calls between midnight and 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to the North Carolina Department of Crime Control and Public Safety.
Troopers closed part of Interstate 95 early Tuesday after several crashes in the same area. The most serious crash involved a tractor-trailer that wiped out on the Neuse River Bridge on I-95 near Smithfield.
Rontavious Lewis, 20, of Georgia, was driving too fast on the icy highway, lost control and mowed down 300 feet of guard rail in the median, according to troopers. The cab of the truck popped off with Lewis and two passengers – Marvin Reese, 58, and John Trewitt, 20, both of Georgia – inside.
The men, who work for a moving company, were taken to a local hospital. They did not suffer serious injuries, but Reese had injuries to his face, authorities said.
Troopers charged Lewis with reckless driving.
A tractor-trailer driver crashed on Interstate 85 near exit 182, Red Mill Road, in Durham County Tuesday morning.
The driver, whose name was not released, crashed through a guardrail and slid into the woods, according to troopers. The truck was registered in Michigan. The driver was being treated at Duke University Hospital for unknown injuries.
Another tractor-trailer had some trouble Tuesday morning as it became stuck at the intersection of Walker and Chatham streets in Cary and blocked two lanes of traffic.
Numerous wrecks were reported on Interstate 40 in the Triangle.