Raleigh - Motorists are urged to avoid Interstate 95 near Smithfield due to three separate crashes, one of which involved a vehicle carrying hazardous materials. Both directions of I-95 will remain closed until further notice between mile markers 87 and 97 while emergency crews assess the situation and clear the scene.
According to Johnston County Emergency Management, the hazardous material caught fire as a result of the crash and must be allowed to burn out. Crews from the N.C. Department of Transportation will have to inspect the roadway for damage and make any necessary repairs before lanes can be reopened.
Northbound traffic on I-95 is being directed to take exit 87 and southbound traffic to take exit 97. Motorists should follow detours set by law enforcement.
To avoid this area altogether, motorists can follow an alternate route via U.S. 264 and I-40 through Raleigh.
For the latest road conditions, call 511 or (877) 511-4662, or check the ReadyNC mobile app or ReadyNC.org.