A multivehicle wreck hampered traffic on eastbound Interstate 40 at mile marker 319, near NC 210 in Johnston County, on Friday morning.
Several Emergency Medical Services units were dispatched to the scene of that wreck and to one that happened a short time later on the westbound side of the road.
The first crash happened about 7:30 a.m.
The crash on the westbound side of the road closed one of two lanes, the state Department of Transportation reported.
The eastbound wreck was expected to be cleared by about 9:30 a.m.