All lanes of Interstate 85 North were shut down after a truck carrying hazardous material overturned early Tuesday morning.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation had to shut down I-85 around 6 a.m. at the U.S. 64 exit near Thomasville after the hazardous accident took place.

According to reports, crews were dispatched to clean up the scene of the accident.  Motorists were advised to drive slow, pay attention and avoid distractions.

The DOT is conducted an assessment of the clean-up efforts and urged road users to use I-85 business as an alternate route.

All lanes of Interstate 85 have since been opened.

The Hazmat Summary of incidents that occurred while transporting hazardous materials reported that 2,821 incidents occurred while hazardous materials were in transit during 2012.  Transporting hazardous materials is, unfortunately a necessary means of accommodating the demands of the lifestyles of which most Americans have become accustomed.  And Transporting these materials by trucks is one of the primary means of distribution.  When driving around these vehicles, be sure to stay alert and strive to remain visible to the drivers at all times.  If you are involved in a serious incident involving hazardous materials or otherwise, call the experienced and competent Accident Attorneys of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower at 704-499-9000 or 877-374-5999 toll-free.