Explosives truck crashes, closing I-85 in NC

Explosives truck crashes, closing I-85 in NC

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by The Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on October 22, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 23 at 10:28 AM

ARCHDALE, N.C. -- Motorists on Interstate 85 in North Carolina were forced to detour, and homes and a school were evacuated after a tractor-trailer carrying explosives overturned.
 
The North Carolina Transportation Department says the Monday morning crash in Archdale closed I-85 in both directions, but all lanes were reopened Monday evening.
 
A Randolph County Schools spokeswoman said nearby Trindale Elementary School was evacuated as a precaution just as the school day started.
 
The DOT says the truck flipped on its side around 7 a.m. The truck was carrying an ammonium nitrate slurry and blasting caps. Authorities say the explosives inside the truck were "stable" and all ignition sources removed.
 
The truck driver was taken to High Point Regional Hospital, then flown to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem.

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