NEW INFO: Trucker Dies In I-95 Fiery Crash

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

One truck driver has died in that fiery crash which closed down Interstate 95 in Rocky Mount.

Police say John Jenkins of Rincon, Georgia was flown to the Jaycee Burn Center in Chapel Hill where he died around 2:40 a.m.

Another trucker, Jerome Kinsey of Orlando, Florida, is in critical condition at Vidant Medial Center. The third driver, Lacy downing of Winston-Salem was treated at Nash General for minor injuries.

The crash happened near the U.S. 64 interchange around 9:30 p.m.

One of the vehicles was hauling used cooking oil and caught fire. Oil was also spread across the highway and the cleanup kept the interstate closed until around 10:20 this morning.

Police say they are still investigating the cause of the crash.


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Interstate 95 northbound in Rocky Mount has finally reopened after a fiery crash closed the highway last night.

The wreck was about a mile south of the I-95/U.S. 64 interchange, and happened shortly before 10:00 p.m.

It involved three tractor trailers, including a tanker that was carrying cooking oil and caught fire. It took firefighters about an hour to extinguish the flames from the wreck.

Officials say all three drivers were taken to hospitals. At least one was taken to the University of North Carolina burn center. Two of the drivers were listed in critical condition early Thursday.

Southbound traffic reopened earlier, while one northbound lane was opened briefly this morning to allow trapped tractor trailers to get out. The lanes then reopened for all traffic around 10:20 a.m.

The D.O.T. says the accident spread cooking oil on the interstate and crews used dish detergent to clean roadway to make it safe again.

The fire also caused damage to the road itself and motorists are being told to drive with caution through the area.


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Three people have been injured in a tractor trailer truck wreck that closed the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 near Rocky Mount for hours.

The wreck happened shortly before 10 p.m. Wednesday and involved three tractor trailers, including a tanker that was carrying cooking oil and caught fire. It took firefighters about an hour to extinguish the flames from the wreck.

The wreck was about a mile south of the I-95/U.S. 64 interchange.

Officials say all three drivers were taken to hospitals. At least one was taken to the University of North Carolina burn center. Two of the drivers were listed in critical condition early Thursday.

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ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) -- Interstate 95 in North Carolina is closed in both directions following a fiery crash involving three tractor-trailer and three other vehicles.

The wreck occurred around 10 p.m. Wednesday night inside the Rocky Mount city limits at mile marker 137. Spokeswoman Tameka Kenan-Norman said a tractor-trailer carrying used cooking oil caught fire. Kenan-Norman said the fire was extinguished by 11 p.m.

Kenan-Norman said at least two people were injured with one of them transported to the hospital. The extent of the injuries weren't immediately known.

The state Department of Transportation said northbound lanes would remain closed until Thursday morning. Southbound lanes were expected to reopen late Wednesday night.


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The North Carolina Department of Transportation says all four lanes of traffic are closed on a portion of I-95 in Nash County and that part of the highway is not expected to fully reopen until Thursday morning. We know a tractor trailer caught fire and we have reports there are several other vehicles involved and injuries have been reported.

NCDOT says about 10:10 there was a "high severity" incident on I-95 in Nash County near Rocky Mount: at mile marker 137. We have had reports traffic is severely backed up.


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