10/02/12 155 W, 3 I - + 6 - 1 Crashes and Car Fires on Interstate 40 Yesterday

There was a big ol' mess on the interstate yesterday in Durham, when a chain-reaction crash started two vehicle fires in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 near Barbee Road. The five-vehicle collision occurred shortly after 11:30 a.m. Two of the five vehicles caught fire. Other motorists stopped to assist, including a guy in a van transporting... fire extinguishers. That was Mike Stewart, notes this WRAL story. He services the things, and started handing out extinguishers to others! He and others battled the flames until fire units arrived. Nobody was trapped in the vehicles, and several were transported to Duke with non-life threatening injuries. (Presumably the vehicle occupants versus the crowd-sourced firefighters...) See also this WTVD story, that posted traffic cam and aerial shots. Readers can post a run card and other details, if they have them. One is confirmed, FE1 (Fire Extinguisher 1).

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