Multiple accidents were reported on I-40 near Old Fort as a result of Thursday’s rain, according to reports.
Between 10:53 a.m. and 2 p.m. Tuesday, emergency units responded to back-to-back motor vehicle collisions and incidents on I-40 in both east and westbound areas.
Among the bigger incidents reported at approximately 1:36 p.m. was a five-car collision near the 78 mile marker.
According to Trooper James Deaton of the N.C. Highway Patrol, traffic had slowed from a previous collision a mile away. During that time, a gray Ford F-150 pickup truck hit two vehicles in front of it, creating a chain reaction with two other cars.
A female patient in one of the five vehicles was transported to McDowell Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
This incident, as well as others reported on the interstate during that time frame, was related to slick roads, scattered showers and dense fog, according to Deaton.
“You can see how it sort of starts here,” said Deaton, pointing towards the roadway, “and dips and goes down, and people don’t slow down enough and reduce their speed for conditions and the wet roadway. And also, sight distance is altered when it’s raining and traffic’s heavy. If there’s a problem in front and everyone starts slowing down, they’re not going to be able to see it.”
A previous accident, reported at 12:52 p.m., involved a collision between a yellow Chevy passenger car and a tractor trailer near the 76 westbound mile marker. One patient was taken to McDowell Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to McDowell EMS Sgt. Sam Robinson.
In addition, units responded to an overturned black pickup truck near the 71 westbound mile marker. The driver of the truck, 20-year-old Sierra Goodman of Old Fort, was not injured in the wreck, according to authorities.
Old Fort Fire Department, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue Squad, Old Fort Police Department and the N.C. Highway Patrol responded to these incidents.