The crash happened on eastbound I-40 near South Saunders around 11:30 a.m. and involved a passenger car and two six-wheel commercial trucks.
According to a Raleigh Police Department report, an Isuzu commercial truck and Mercedes were stopped in the travel lane of I-40 W. The driver of the Mercedes got out of the car and was standing in the travel lanes.
A GMC commercial truck failed to reduce speed and collided with the Isuzu, spun out, hit the driver of the Mercedes, overturned and caught fire.
Raleigh Police Department said the GMC driver died in the crash. The Mercedes driver who was standing in the street when the crash happened was taken to WakeMed in critical condition. Two other people were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
The crash caused a major traffic backup, closing both eastbound and westbound lanes for an extended period of time. Some westbound lanes were first opened about an hour after the crash, while the eastbound lanes of the highway were closed until just before 6 p.m.
No charges have been filed in the crash.