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Five killed in fiery crash that closed both directions of I-95 near SC line

Chopper 11 photo of Interstate 95 wreck near the South Carolina state line that shut down the highway on May 16, 2017.
Chopper 11 photo of Interstate 95 wreck near the South Carolina state line that shut down the highway on May 16, 2017. Courtesy of ABC 11

A crash between two tractor-trailer trucks closed both directions of Interstate 95 in Robeson County Tuesday afternoon and killed five people, according to the State Highway Patrol.

Will Henning, with the Highway Patrol, said five people have been killed in the fiery crash. He said there were more people with injuries but did not have details immediately available.

Henning confirmed Tuesday evening that three adults and two children were killed in the crash. The victims haven't been identified because next of kin have not been notified.

The closed section of interstate was reopened at about 1 a.m. Wednesday, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Photos from the ABC11 helicopter show major damage to three tractor-trailer trucks and three other vehicles.

“The fire was contained pretty quickly,” Henning said. Speaking by phone Tuesday afternoon, he said a hazmat team was on the scene helping clean up the site. He said he didn’t know if the hazmat team was cleaning up spilled fuel or something else.

The crash occurred near mile marker 7, between U.S. 301 and the South Carolina state line, state Department of Transportation spokeswoman Katie Trout said. The highway was closed for several hours, and authorities put a detour in place for north and southbound traffic.

To help with traffic issues caused by the crash that closed I-95, NCDOT sent Incident Management Assistant Patrol (IMAP) vehicles from Raleigh and Wilmington until the scene was cleared, said DOT spokesman Steve Abbott.

Messages about the highway’s closure also were up on DOT overhead digital signs the whole length of I-95 in the state and NCDOT has asked that Virginia and South Carolina DOTs put up the messages on their signs closest to state lines.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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