27 May 2022
JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. — Drivers in Johnston County were stuck in traffic for nearly two hours after a crash involving multiple cars on I-40 west in Johnston County Friday afternoon.
A man has been charged with driving while impaired and driving the wrong way, after he got off NC 210 at exit 319. According to State Troopers, he made a U-turn at the top of the ramp and drove eastbound in the westbound lanes.
A total of six cars were involved in the wreck. Three people were taken to the hospital with non- life threating injuries,
According to NCDOT, all lanes of I-40 West and the left lane of I-40 East were closed near Exit 319, NC 210, near Benson, due to a crash. Drivers were asked to use detours to avoid the area.
The road reopened just before 4:00 PM.
“I don’t think I have ever seen anything like this before,” Witness Steven Whitley said. ” If it was like a hit and run, he would have gone off the exit that was right there a half mile away. Instead of trying to go against traffic. But it’s not a normal ordeal.”