Aug 22, 4:22 PM EDT

Authorities say one person died in a fiery, chain-reaction wreck on Interstate 40 in Durham


DURHAM, N.C. (AP) -- Authorities say one person died in a fiery, chain-reaction wreck on Interstate 40 in Durham.

Local media outlets report the wreck about 10 a.m. Monday closed the westbound lanes of I-40 for several hours.

Highway Patrol spokesman Lt. Jeff Gordon says it appears a vehicle that stopped because of backed-up commuter traffic was rear-ended by a second vehicle, causing a chain reaction of collisions.

At least three vehicles were consumed by fire.

Authorities have not yet released the victim's name.

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