- Associated Press - Thursday, October 20, 2016

SMITHFIELD, N.C. (AP) - A 16-mile stretch of Interstate 95 in North Carolina has been closed by a series of wrecks that killed at least two people.

The transportation department said Thursday the southbound lanes are closed between I-40 and U.S. 70.

A tractor trailer ran off southbound lanes and hit a tree. People in the northbound lanes looking at the wreck slowed and a recreational vehicle hit a tractor-trailer carrying corrosive material.

Johnston County ordered an evacuation within a mile of exit 95 because of a hazardous material leak. Those orders were lifted Thursday. Shelters were opened at Cleveland High School in Clayton and Princeton High School.

The third wreck involved five vehicles, including a tractor-trailer that hit an RV. Highway Patrol Lt. Jeff Gordon said two people in the RV died.

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