Assistance patrol leaves Interstate 95 watch

The Associated Press

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RALEIGH — Five Incident Management Assistance Patrol units from across North Carolina have returned to their bases.

The two units from the Research Triangle area, one from the Triad and two from the Charlotte area were to be used to patrol the entire length of Interstate 95. A similar expansion of the program to I-95 took place during winter weather two weeks ago.

The added patrols assisted the N.C. Highway Patrol and other agencies in keeping I-95 clear of abandoned vehicles.

But officials said Wednesday that after consultations with personnel in the N.C. Department of Transportation, it was decided the IMAP drivers could be returned to their home locations. Forecasts for Thursday suggest those areas will likely require more motorist assistance than the I-95 corridor.