Surviving the I-85 crash: 5 cars, no major injuries

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Everyone involved in a five vehicle accident walked away with only minor injuries. 

Tom Bunton was on I-85 South by mistake. “Funny thing is that wasn’t even my normal route.  I should’ve taken Business 85,” explains Tom Bunton, who was caught in the accident.

The accident happened on Monday evening on I-85 South in Greensboro. 

State troopers say a truck driver hydroplaned and drove off the side of the interstate and then he tried to overcorrect.  The truck then jackknifed.  Another semi plowed through it.  The flatbed spilled its load of building supplies all over the interstate. 

Bunton was one of three drivers who ran over the debris.  “All of a sudden I hear this crunching, screeching noise. It’s awful,” explains Bunton.

The two truck drivers and two other drivers were taken to the hospital with only minor injuries.

“Usually when have two tractor trailers involved it doesn’t turn out pretty,” admits Trooper Tim Wilson, with the NC Highway Patrol.  

The wreck shut down the interstate for about eight hours while crews cleared the three lanes of I-85 South. 

Bunton had to replace two tires on his truck, that’s it.  He’s fortunate faith was on everyone’s side.  “I’m a lucky man. Everybody that was there was lucky we definitely had someone watching over us.”

Troopers say no charges have been officially filed but most likely the driver that caused the crash will be charged with a lane violation. 


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