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It happened along the southbound lanes of I-95 not far from exit 154 for Highway 481, near Roanoke Rapids.
One of the truck drivers at the scene told ABC11 that he heard a loud boom before the truck began to swerve. He said he tried to straighten it out, but the truck ended up sliding off the road.
The driver was traveling from Allentown, Pennsylvania to Greenville.
Two of the four truck drivers were injured - one taken to the hospital with minor injuries, while the other was treated at the scene.
One of the four tractor trailers involved overturned, but no hazardous cargo was spilled during the multi-truck crash. The cargo along the shoulder of the road appeared to be metal utility poles and wood.
The State Highway Patrol has charged the first driver with careless and reckless driving, as well as failure to maintain lane control, after he reportedly dozed off behind the wheel.
All southbound lanes are closed and a detour has been set up.
Drivers on I-95 south should use Exit 154 for NC-481 west. Follow NC-481 west to NC-48 south. Then, follow NC-48 south to NC-33 east and re-access I-95 south from NC-33 east.
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