07/01/11 269 W, 2 I - + 2 - 2 Wrecks on Triangle Interstates Take Four Lives

That's the headline from today's News & Observer story about a pair of fiery, fatal motor-vehicle accidents on Interstates 85 and 40 yesterday. Below is a picture from Harry Lynch of the second accident, involving a big rig, a box truck, and three passenger vehicles on I-40 just west of NC 15-501. One of the passenger vehicles caught fire. Three people (and perhaps more, say news reports) were killed. The accident occurred about 3:20 p.m. The roadway was closed for a number of hours The response included New Hope FD, Chapel Hill FD (E34, C4), Hillsborough FD (Squad 268), Durham FD (E11, E16, L11, B3, Squad 1), Parkwood FD (R614, Medic 62). EMS and rescue assets included South Orange Rescue for rehab. Readers can add details. Media links include WTVD (includes aerials) and WRAL (includes, as always, amazing reader comments).

Harry Lynch/News & Observer photo

Earlier yesterday morning, a series of accidents involving three (!) tractor-drawn trucks closed both lanes of Interstate 85 near the NC 86 exit near Hillsborough. This incident occurred about 10:00 a.m. One person was killed, and seven people were transported to UNC (6) and Duke (1). The accidents involved three tractor-drawn trucks, one carrying cement mixers (!) that overturned. The others were a box truck (that caught fire) and a tanker truck. Water shuttle operations were established, with two water points. Responding fire departments included Hillsborough FD, Efland FD, Eno FD, Orange Grove FD, Cedar Grove FD, and Caldwell FD. Wonder how many EMS agencies participated? Readers can perhaps add information. Media links include WTVD (with aerials), WRAL, and the Herald-Sun.

WTVD photo

That appears to be a Ford truck that has been smashed by the semi in the first picture. Maybe more cars need to be built using a fiberglass frame with aluminum cross-members?
RescueRanger - 07/01/11 - 11:34

Great photo by Harry Lynch of a horrific crash. Since I work in Durham I kept having coworkers stop by my desk yesterday and want to borrow my scanner to listen to all of the radio traffic.
Marshall Sherard KE4ZNR (Email) (Web Site) - 07/01/11 - 13:10

Also add New Hope, several units from Orange Co. EM and South Orange Res. Squad for rehab.
On Scene - 07/01/11 - 21:57

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