U.S. 70 bridge in Morehead City reopens again after 2nd crash

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Morehead City, NC Police

MOREHEAD CITY, N.C. (WNCT) Morehead City Police and Fire and Beaufort Police and Fire responded to two separate wrecks Thursday morning at the Morehead City/Beaufort Highway 70 bridge.

Officials said the first crash happened at 8:16 a.m. and involved four vehicles.

The driver of a white wagon was driving east on the bridge and crossed the center line into the westbound lane and hit a white SUV, which caused the SUV to hit a van. 

The white wagon continued on to collide with a second car.

All drivers and passengers involved are in stable condition.

The Morehead City/Beaufort bridge was shut down in both directions.

The scene was cleared at 10:00 a.m. and the bridge re-opened at that time. 

A temporary guard rail was installed by the Department of Transportation until a more permanent fix is possible.

The second crash happened at 10:45 a.m. involving three vehicles.

Police say traffic was moving slowly westbound, and a speeding VW wagon swerved into oncoming traffic and ran into a large truck and trailer.

The bridge was once again shut down in both directions.

The scene was cleared at 12:40 p.m. and the bridge re-opened at that time. 

The driver of the VW wagon was injured in the wreck but is in stable condition. 

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MOREHEAD CITY, NC (WNCT) – Morehead City police said traffic is once again flowing on the Beaufort-Morehead City bridge on U.S. 70 after a second crash closed the bridge, just hours after a multi-vehicle crash had closed the bridge Thursday morning.

Around 12:45 p.m. police said the U.S. 70 bridge had re-opened in both directions after a second crash at 11:05 a.m. had blocked all lanes on the bridge.

At around 8:30 a.m., MCPD had posted photos of a multi-vehicle crash that happened in the middle of the bridge around that time.

That crash also closed the bridge, forcing motorists to find alternate routes to and from Beaufort.

Police said several injured motorists in the first crash were taken to a local hospital for treatment but did not give details on the number of injured people, or their conditions.

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The Morehead City Police Department said all lanes of the U.S. 70 bridge connecting Beaufort to Morehead City have reopened, after a multi-vehicle crash on Thursday morning had closed the bridge.

In a Facebook post update around 10:10 a.m., the Morehead City Police Department said both directions on the U.S. 70 bridge reopened to traffic.

MCPD also said a crew from the NC Department of Transportation was “on their way” to repair a bridge railing that was damaged in the crash, and all lanes of the bridge would close again “for about 15 minutes” while the railing is being repaired, but no estimated time was given for repairs to begin.

Police said several people were hospitalized with injuries, after several vehicles collided in the middle of the bridge, just before 8:30 a.m. Thursday.

All lanes of the bridge were blocked as a result of the crash, forcing the bridge to close as crews cleared the wrecked cars from the scene.

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The Morehead City Police Department said a multi-vehicle crash on Thursday shut down traffic in both directions on U.S. Hwy. 70 on the Morehead City/Beaufort Bridge.

At around 8:30 a.m., the Morehead City Police Department published a Facebook post about the crash, which it said shut the bridge down in both directions.

Police, firefighters, and EMS crews are on-scene, but there is no word yet on possible injuries to any drivers or passengers involved in the crash.

Drivers traveling to or from Beaufort on U.S. Hwy. 70 are advised to detour through Mill Creek.

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