— Anthony Wilson (@AnthonyABC11) January 21, 2015
An urgent traffic-and-instant noodles dispatch from WTVD, the ABC affiliate in Raleigh:
The North Carolina Highway Patrol says a tractor-trailer driver hauling a load of Ramen noodles nodded off at the wheel and crashed, causing a mess along southbound I-95 near Rocky Mount Wednesday morning.
“I thought I could make it down to the truck stops in Kenly, and I didn’t quite make it. I kind of drowsed off, and next thing I knew I had taken out the guard rail,” driver Larry Scholting told ABC11.
The impact, at around 4:30 a.m., caused the trailer to split in half, sending ramen noodles all over the highway, North Carolina Highway Patrol Sgt. Michael Baker told The Post. Authorities closed the southbound lanes of the interstate north of Rocky Mount, near mile marker 145, and re-routed traffic, Baker said.
Authorities had hoped to re-open the interstate by early afternoon, Baker said, but at approximately 1 p.m., another tractor-trailer traveling southbound on I-95 ran off the road, sideswiped two cars and came to rest in a ditch. That collision kept the interstate closed even longer, Baker said, though by late afternoon, I-95 was open again.
There were only minor injuries in both accidents, Baker said.
The ramen carnage, however, was extensive.
All the jokes!
— Derek Medlin (@DerekMedlin) January 21, 2015
— Marc Masters (@Marcissist) January 21, 2015
— Marcus (@STOPFLEXIN) January 21, 2015
— Brian Fung (@b_fung) January 21, 2015
[This post has been updated.]