134 vehicles involved in series of pileups on NC interstate

A photo from WFMY-TV showing one of the many crashes in the area on Sunday. (WFMY/WNCN)

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper says more than 130 vehicles were involved in a series of wrecks on Interstate 40 but no serious injuries were reported.

Sgt. Danny Jenkins tells The Times-News of Burlington that as many as 134 vehicles were involved in the wrecks that began late Sunday afternoon over a six-mile stretch of the highway between Mebane and Graham.

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
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

Ambulances from four counties carried about 20 people to hospitals with injuries that were not believed to be life-threatening. No one died.

The road reopened around 11 p.m. Sunday.

Jenkins said some of the wrecks were caused as people slowed to take pictures of the scene.

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
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

Alamance County communications supervisor Chuck Pickard said the initial wreck may have been caused by wet roads. Highway Patrol also said speed contributed to the pileups, as well as drivers following too closely.

The multi-vehicle crashes resulted in 25 injuries.

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