DURHAM — Two people were hurt Friday morning when a pickup truck going south in the northbound lanes of Interstate 85 crashed into a tractor-trailer and then hit the side of a cement truck, police said.
The interstate was closed for about four hours while police investigated and crews dealt with diesel that spilled from the tractor-trailer’s fuel tanks and covered the road.
The pickup driver and the driver of the cement truck were taken to Duke University Hospital for treatment, but police said neither appeared to have life-threatening injuries.
Timothy Glover Jr., 57, of Durham was driving the pickup the wrong way at about 5 a.m. after apparently having gotten onto I-85 at East Club Boulevard, police said.
Police, Durham County sheriff’s deputies and Highway Patrol troopers were looking for a vehicle reported to be going the wrong way, but did not locate it before the collision just north of Cole Mill Road.
The driver of the cement truck, Christopher Devon Foster, 37, of Butner, was hurt when the pickup hit the tractor-trailer almost head-on and its back end went up and sideways, hitting the driver’s side of the cement truck, investigators determined.
Robert Christopher Taylor, 37, of Walnut Cove, who was driving the tractor-trailer, was not hurt, police said.
Glover’s 2000 Ford Ranger had been on the road for about six miles before the crash happened, police said.
There was no indication of alcohol or drug involvement in the crash, police said, and investigators were trying later Friday to understand how Glover’s truck wound up on the wrong side of the road.