Two wrecks snarl traffic on I-40 East in Greensboro

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — Two wrecks involving four cars and a tractor-trailer temporarily shut down two lanes of I-40 East Friday morning in Greensboro. 

DOT officials say the wreck occurred shortly after 8:45 a.m. at Sandy Ridge Road.  

The lanes were reopened around 10:45 a.m., officials said.  

Police say the tractor-trailer and blue Oldsmobile sedan were both heading east when the Oldsmobile hit a patch of ice, lost control and spun under the tractor-trailer. 

The driver of the Oldsmobile was hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening, police said.  No other passengers were in the car. 

A second accident occurred when three cars tried to avoid the initial crash, police said.  From the second accident, police say one man suffered minor injuries.  He was taken to the hospital for treatment. 

Charges are pending against drivers in both accidents, but it was not clear who is expected to face charges. 

No other details were immediately available.

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