ASHEBORO N.C. – No one was seriously injured after several accidents, involving more than a dozen vehicles, resulted in I-73/74 south being temporarily shut down overnight.
According to a post by Westside Fire & Rescue on Facebook, at 5:44 p.m. on Monday, November 27th, 2023, emergency crews responded to assist Highway Patrol after debris fell off of a truck on Interstate 73/74 south, near Vision Drive.
When the first units arrived, they located a four-vehicle accident in the southbound lanes of I-73/74 at Spero Rd with only minor injuries.
That accident resulted in the southbound lanes being shut down.
Westside Fire & Rescue’s unit Rescue 13, which was also responding to the initial accident, located an additional accident, involving three vehicles, believed to have been caused due to traffic being slowed.
While blocking the interstate, Randolph County 911 alerted emergency crews already on scene of an additional traffic collision, also in the southbound lanes of I-73/74, near the Pineview exit.
Emergency crews responded and located a four-vehicle accident with one patient entrapped.
Westside requested assistance from the City of Randleman Fire Department to shut down the interstate.
While waiting on the roadway to clear an additional fourth traffic accident involving three vehicles occurred, resulting in no injuries.
Crews remained on the highway for approximately 3 hours and responded to 5 accidents involving 14 vehicles.
According to Randolph County EMS, one patient was transported non-emergency from the third accident to Randolph Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol is investigating the accidents and has not responded to requests for more information as of the time of this article.
This is a developing story; more information will be added as it is made available.