Motorist traveling off the mountain are accustomed to wrecks while traveling the interstate, but nothing quite like the events of Sunday. A series of wrecks closed a six mile section of Interstate 40 between Mebane and Graham starting on Sunday afternoon.
Ambulances from four counties transported around 20 people to hospitals in that region, none were thought to be life threatening injuries according to published reports. The closed section was reopen late Sunday night. Sgt. Danny Jenkins told The Times-News of Burlington that as many as 134 vehicles were involved in the wrecks, which started with a 5 car wreck around 4pm. The most cars involved in any single collision were 12.
Wet roads and distracted drivers are believed to have started the chain of wrecks.