UPDATED: Wright Memorial Bridge reopens three hours after pileup heading onto the Outer Banks

A Saturday morning crash on the Wright Memorial Bridge crash snarled incoming traffic to the Outer Banks. [Michael Grimmer photo]

 The eastbound lanes of the Wright Memorial Bridge have reopened, three hours after a four-vehicle pileup Saturday morning. 

The wreck happened around 11 a.m. on the three-mile bridge span that brings travelers into Kitty Hawk and onto the Outer Banks. No one was seriously injured.

In photos posted on social media, one pickup was on top of another, with two other cars sustaining collateral damage in what appeared to be a rear-end, chain-reaction wreck.

Authorities originally expected the bridge to reopen by 1 p.m., but  lanes were finally reopened just after 2 p.m. Heavy congestion remains.

Some people were out of their cars sunbathing and fishing, and even musical accompaniment, on the bridge to pass the time. 

Dare County EMS personnel and sheriff’s deputies were walking the bridge Saturday afternoon handing out water to stranded motorists.

And there was even some musical accompaniment to pass the time.

[Michael Grimmer photo]

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