Police say that the repaving of a section of highway most likely contributed to a fiery wreck that hospitalized a trucker and backed up traffic for seven hours on Sunday. 

The crash happened on October 2nd in Benson, North Carolina just after 5 p.m. on northbound Interstate 95. 

According to My Fox 8, the tractor trailer was traveling north on I-95 when it blew a steer tire and hit a barrier wall. The truck then traveled on top of the barrier wall for a time before crashing into the other barrier wall on the left side of the northbound lanes. The cab of the truck then caught fire.

The wreck happened in a work zone along I-95, and police are still investigating the incident. North Carolina Trooper M.C. Raynor says that the repaving of the highway in that area may have been the cause of the wreck. 

“We believe that roadway surface conditions may have something to do with it,” Raynor said.

The truck driver is expected to recover. Traffic was backed up in the area for around seven hours as a result of the wreck.

This was the fourth tractor trailer crash in the same area since Saturday.

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