Pilot dies on I-85 in NC after plane crash, collision

The plane crash closed southbound lanes on I-85.

The plane crash closed southbound lanes on I-85.


A pilot has died in a plane crash that involved a violent collision with a tractor-trailer on Interstate 85 in Davidson County, multiple media reported Wednesday.

The plane crash closed freeway lanes and left a scene of living wreckage, North Carolina officials and photos confirmed.

The plane crashed near I-85 around 5:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, according to the Davidson County Sheriff’s Office. The incident happened near Hargrave Road in Lexington, near the Lexington/Davidson County Airport.

The plane was a twin-engine Beechcraft Barron, a Federal Aviation Administration spokesperson said in an email to The News & Observer.

The driver of the semi-trailer truck had no serious injuriesaccording to The Lexington Dispatch.

The FAA and NTSB said they do not identify victims in the plane crashes.

According to media reports, the plane crashed into a tractor-trailer and was “completely engulfed” in flamesreported the WGHP.

Pictures posted on social media show the fiery scene, which firm the southbound lanes of I-85 near Lexington, according to Drivenc.gov.

The State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash, and the FAA said the National Transportation Safety Board will conduct a federal investigation.

Southbound lanes were closed between Exit 91 and Exit 87 at Lexington near Cotton Grove Road around 5:30 p.m. and were due to reopen around 11 p.m. North Carolina Department of Transportation told the media.

This story was originally published February 16, 2022 7:48 p.m.

Mariah Rush is a national real-time reporter. She graduated from the University of Notre Dame and previously worked for the Chicago Tribune, the Tampa Bay Times and the Philadelphia Inquirer.

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