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24 cars piled up in NC attributed to smoke from wheat field fires

Smoke rises from a wheat field fire in North Carolina

Screenshots: WRAL

The eastern US is currently dealing with terrible smoke due to wildfires in Canada, but don’t worry. The United States does not outsource combustion problem for other countries. We can still cause problems with our own fire, Thanks a lot. Like the recent fire in eastern North Carolina that caused more than 20 cars to pile up.

Raleigh’s WRAL Report that on Tuesday, a wreckage occurred near the border of Wilson County and Wayne County on the east side of the city. The incident happened around 6 p.m. on Interstate 795 and involved 24 vehicles, including a propane truck. Thankfully, the propane tank was empty at the time of the wreck. Otherwise, this could have been a much more serious crash.

Multiple motorists reported to WRAL that the wreckage was caused by a fire in a nearby wheat field that reduced visibility to “essentially zero”. As you can see in the screenshot above, it’s a horrible wreck with vehicles rammed from multiple sides. The interstate has since been reopened, but reportedly closed for several hours as crews worked to clear the road and eventually reopen.

And while the wreckage certainly wasn’t as bad as it could have been, a number of people were injured. No serious injuries were reported, but Wilson County Community Readiness Coordinator Rodney Dancy told WRAL that 12 people were taken to hospital with minor injuries.

While it’s unlikely that many motorists will produce the plume of smoke blamed for the pile up, the Forest Service is said to still be investigating the claim. It will also look at what laws may have been broken by the owner of the wheat field believed to have caused the crash, though it’s unclear what charges they could face if they set fire to the arson. fire at the wrong time or illegally close the road.


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