IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. (WBTV) - One person was killed and two others injured in a four-vehicle crash involving two tractor-trailers in Iredell County Wednesday afternoon.
The wreck, which also involved an SUV and a pickup truck, happened before 2:45 p.m. on I-40 about two miles east of the I-77 interchange near mile marker 156, shutting down the interstate’s westbound lanes.
According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, troopers responded to the collision, as westbound traffic had come to a stop due to a brush fire beside the interstate. Witnesses at the scene say the crash happened when drivers slowed down due to smoke drifting across the roadway.
Troopers say a Lexus was stopped in the right lane, when a tractor-trailer swerved in an attempt to avoid the stopped traffic but collided with the Lexus. The tractor trailer then also collided with a pickup truck. The pickup was pushed into another, separate tractor trailer.
The Lexus driver, identified as 65-year-old Ward Beecher Miller, died at the scene.
Troopers say a passenger in the Lexus and the driver of the pickup truck were taken to the hospital by EMS. Their conditions are currently not known.
By 3:30 p.m., traffic was backed up for about 6 miles. All lanes were reopened just after 5 p.m., but traffic was expected to be affected in the area for some time.
There’s no word on possible charges but the investigation is ongoing.
No further information has been released.