Business 85 South reopens at I-40 split after tractor-trailer wreck

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Business I-85 South has reopened at the Interstate 40 interchange after a tractor-trailer overturned, prompting an 18-hour closure of the stretch of interstate.

The accident happened around 8 a.m. Tuesday, but the stretch of interstate did not reopen until around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

Lt. L.D. Thompson with the Greensboro Police Department says it appears the tractor-trailer was coming off the I-40 East exit to enter Business 85 South when it lost control, skidded across three lanes of the interstate and flipped over on its side.

Thompson says the crash is still being investigated, but he said speed may have been a factor.

overturned_riginsertThe driver of the tractor-trailer did not appear to have any serious injuries, but he was taken to the hospital as a precaution, Thompson said.

No other vehicles were involved.

Thompson says some fuel spilled on the interstate.  He noted workers from an environmental company who were was passing by stopped to contain the spill until firefighters arrived to finish cleaning the area.

The rig was hauling some type of plastic materials.

No other information was immediately available.

Editor’s note: Previously, police said I-40 East was closed at the Business I-85 South exit. DOT officials later clarified, saying the rig had overturned on Business 85 South just past the I-40 split.