At least 20 hurt as 94 vehicles pile up on North Carolina interstate

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Nearly 100 Vehicles Pile Up on North Caroline Interstate

Blinding sun, rain and rubbernecking were blamed for a chain of accidents involving almost 100 vehicles along a stretch of interstate in North Carolina on Sunday evening, injuring at least 20 people and delaying travel late into the night.

Incredibly, none of the injuries was reported to be serious in the series of wrecks, which the state Transportation Department tabulated at nine, involving 94 vehicles, along a six-mile stretch of freeway where westbound Interstate 40 and southbound Interstate 85 are combined in Alamance County, east of Burlington.

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Reports of the pileups began about 6 p.m. ET, NBC station WXII of Greensboro reported. The Times News of Burlington quoted county emergency officials as saying the pileup began when a wreck launched a Jeep onto another car near the westbound 150 exit.

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This photo provided by ABC11 shows traffic backing up on westbound Interstate 40 from the view of Exit 154 after multiple vehicle accidents Sunday, March 13, 2016, in central North Carolina. Authorities say dozens of vehicles were involved in a series of wrecks that injured over a dozen people and temporarily shut down part of Interstate 40. (Tim Pulliam/ABC11 via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
In this photo provided by ABC11, an Alamance County Sheriff Dept. officer directs traffic near exit 154 on Interstate 40 after multiple vehicle accidents Sunday, March 13, 2016, in central North Carolina. Authorities say dozens of vehicles were involved in a series of wrecks that injured over a dozen people and temporarily shut down part of Interstate 40. (Tim Pulliam/ABC11 via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT
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WXII said drivers reported that evening sun reflecting off rain-slicked pavement made for blinding conditions. NBC station WRAL of Raleigh quoted investigators as saying rubberneckers were believed to have caused several more wrecks.

The interstate remained closed at mile markers 148 and 150 almost five hours later, with heavy congestion continuing to cause delays estimated at an hour in some spots.

Mary Holmes, who was involved in one of the accidents, told WRAL that she saw at least 30 vehicles "piled up" around her. She said drivers simply couldn't avoid hitting one another.

"Never. Never in my life" had she experienced anything else like it, she said.

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