NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The driver of the Federal Express truck involved in a fiery crash on I-40 early Thursday morning has died, according to the NC Highway Patrol.
The crash happened in the westbound lanes around 9:30 a.m. in the Castle Hayne area, near exit 414.
The Highway Patrol says four vehicles were involved in the crash.
Investigators say the FedEx box truck failed to reduce speed and hit the back of a slow moving tractor-trailer at approximately 70 miles per hour.
The impact pushed the tractor-trailer into the back of a small wrecker. The wrecker was then pushed into a car.
After impact, the FedEx truck caught on fire. The driver of the FedEx truck died at the scene. The other drivers involved reported only minor injures. None were transported by EMS.
One westbound lane of I-40 opened at 12:20 p.m. Both lanes were opened at 1:00 p.m.
The highway patrol says all drivers were restrained and impairment is not believed to be a factor.
No word yet on the identity of the FedEx driver.