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Three transported for critical injuries following I-95 crash

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A Gaston firefighter cleans up by the burned van. A Gaston firefighter cleans up by the burned van. rrspin.com

Three people have been transported to medical facilities for treatment of what are believed to be critical injuries while another four were transported for treatment of non-critical injuries following a crash in the southbound lane of Interstate 95 this afternoon.

Northampton County EMS also confirmed a firefighter was transported for treatment after becoming overheated while at the scene near the 180 exit.

The North Carolina State Department of Transportation said in a statement I-95 South is closed near mile marker 178, due to the crash.

The roadway is expected to re-open by 5 p.m.

Motorists are advised to use the following detour:

I-95 South Traffic: Take Exit 4 in Virginia; Turn left onto VA-629 East to US-301; Turn right onto US-301 South and proceed approximately 12 miles to NC-46; Turn right on NC-46 West to re-access I-95 South.

Trooper T.J. Blount of the state Highway Patrol said the crash occurred after a tractor-trailer collided with a van. The van caught fire and burned.

The tractor-trailer then collided with a small passenger vehicle and another tractor-trailer was knocked off the road into a ditch.

Troopers were still investigating as of this report.

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