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Evacuations ordered after 3 crashes on I-95, multiple deaths reported


Johnston Community College is under evacuation after a crash and fire on I-95.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said an RV hit the back of a tractor trailer possibly hauling some type of corrosive chemical. Both vehicles ignited.

There’s no word yet on injuries at that crash. Firefighters are keeping people at least a half mile away while they allow the fire to burn itself out.

The fiery crash is just one of three crashes on the interstate. That one is close to mile marker 95. There are two more at markers 90 and 88.

ABC11 crews have learned there are two fatalities at the crash furthest south at Four Oaks.

Johnston Community College is right next to the interstate in Smithfield. An alert sent to students said the burning truck is directly behind the main campus. Both day and evening classes are cancelled.

The alert says I-95 is blocked in both directions and students should not try to go that way.

Northbound traffic on I-95 is being directed to take exit 87 and southbound traffic to take exit 97. Motorists should follow detours set by law enforcement. To avoid the area altogether, motorists can follow an alternate route via U.S. 264 and I-40 through Raleigh.

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