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Witnesses say Multiple cars crash that closed parts of I-40 were caused by wrong way driver

JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. — Drivers in Johnston County were stuck in traffic for nearly two hours after a crash involving multiple cars on I-40 west in Johnston County Friday afternoon.

According to NCDOT, all lanes of I-40 West and the left lane of I-40 East were closed near Exit 319, NC 210, near Benson, due to a crash. Drivers were asked to use detours to avoid the area.

The road reopened just before 4:00 PM.

An eyewitness told ABC11 the crash happened due to a wrong way driver.

“I don’t think I have ever seen anything like this before,” Witness Steven Whitley said. ” If it was like a hit and run, he would have gone off the exit that was right there a half mile away. Instead of trying to go against traffic. But it’s not a normal ordeal.”

No details have been released on injuries.


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