Big rig jackknifed on I-40 after crash involving 2 trucks

Crash involving tractor-trailer and several other vehicles along Interstate 40 Thursday. (Chopper11 HD)

Several westbound lanes of Interstate 40 were blocked for hours near Miami Boulevard and Davis Drive in Durham due to a multi-vehicle crash involving a big rig and several other vehicles.

Images from Chopper 11 HD showed the big rig jackknifed across three left bound lanes and a dump truck overturned on its side near the shoulder of the roadway. Another truck, a 1-800-Got-Junk vehicle, was seen off the shoulder in a grassy area.

Two other vehicles were also involved. A silver SUV with significant rear-end was seen near a wooded area off the shoulder beside the 1-800-Got-Junk truck and a blue sedan with front-end damage was spotted near the 18-wheeler.

Investigators said the chain-reaction crash started when a sofa fell off the back of a pickup truck. Several people were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The pickup truck driver was charged with failure to secure his load.

The tractor trailer was reportedly carrying $20 million worth of insulin that was ruined when the cooling system went out.

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