Raleigh police ID driver killed in fiery I-40 crash

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One person dies in I-40 crash near Wade Ave. in Raleigh (WTVD)

Raleigh police have identified a driver killed in a fiery crash on Interstate 40 early Thursday morning.

It happened about 2:40 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of I-40 near exit 289 at the Wade Avenue split.

DOT cameras showed first responders and firefighters battling intense flames after a vehicle went off the roadway and crashed down an embankment.

Authorities in Raleigh respond to crash off I-40 near Wade Ave.

Authorities said Friday evening that the vehicle involved was a 2002 Toyota Camry. It remained unclear what caused the car to veer to the right across three lanes of traffic and run off the road.

A witness told police they believe the driver may have fallen asleep.

The victim was identified as Shalash Almutassee, 25, of Lexington, Ky.

Two eastbound lanes of I-40 were blocked in the area as crews worked to clear the scene. The lanes were reopened around 7 a.m.

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