Raleigh, N.C – Several crashes were reported across Raleigh on Friday morning after a winter storm began leaving roads slippery and icy. At one point, there were nine active collisions in Raleigh on Friday morning.
A multi-vehicle collision closed part of I-40 in Raleigh Friday morning and an ambulance skidded off the roadway on I-87 near Knightdale.
I-40 was closed in both directions near the Hammond Street exit after one of the vehicles involved caught fire. NCDOT is planning to deal with the slippery bridge to prevent more wrecks.
Two of the five eastbound lanes were closed around 6 a.m. Friday along I-40 near Exit 289, or the exit to Wade Avenue.
The ambulance accident caused by the ice sheet
An ambulance skidded off the curb just before 4 a.m. Friday in east Wake County, on I-87 near the exit of Highway 64 Business. The car hit a guardrail and some trees.
Officials said they would have to send a special crane to the scene to be able to pull the ambulance out of the deep embankment it slid into.
Paramedics were transporting a woman in cardiac arrest in an ambulance at the time. The patient died, but authorities do not believe she died of the impact.
Two ambulance crew members on board suffered minor injuries but will be fine, officials said. The ambulance is affiliated with Metz Medical Transport and not the Wake County EMS unit.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said no charges had been filed as of Friday morning. The patient’s name was not immediately released.
Tractor accident along I-40
Along I-40 East, a trailer was seen overturned on an embankment near Wade Avenue. There were no injuries from the collision and police do not believe it was caused by ice. Some eastbound lanes remain closed at 1pm
As of 9:30 a.m., Raleigh police and the truck driver team were still moving the trailer from the scene. The tractor got caught in a tree stump in a wooded area by the side of the road, creating a lengthy process.
“The best advice I can give you is if you can stay put, stay tight here until morning,” said WRAL reporter Brian Shrader.
Temperatures in Raleigh were around 28 degrees and the snow and rain that fell on the ground Thursday night earlier has now frozen back. NCDOT requires anyone not to be on the road from Friday to Saturday.