BURLINGTON, N.C. — At least one person was injured in a wreck that shutdown the northbound lanes of I-85 Tuesday morning in Alamance County.
DOT officials say I-85 North near Mile Marker 145 was temporarily “impassable” due to a three-vehicle crash, which happened shortly before 8:45 a.m.
Trooper Greg Ingram with the N.C. Highway Patrol said a black sedan was in the far-left lane of the interstate when a minivan that was in the left-center lane attempted to merge into the sedan’s lane.
The minivan struck the median barrier before going back to the right and hitting the sedan, Ingram said.
After hitting the sedan, Ingram said the minivan veered back into the northbound lanes and struck the left side of a tractor-trailer that was hauling gasoline. The minivan then overturned.
Ingram said the driver of the minivan was ejected from the vehicle when it overturned. He was airlifted from the scene to UNC Hospital, however Ingram said his injuries are “not believed to be life-threatening.”
The driver, who was the sole occupant of the minivan, was not wearing a seatbelt, Ingram added.
While no impairments are suspected as causal factors in the crash, Ingram said the driver of the minivan is likely to be cited for a safe movement violation and for not wearing a seatbelt.
Around 9:45 a.m., DOT officials said all but one of the northbound lanes had been reopened.