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3-Vehicle Accident Creates I-440 Traffic Delays

Posted July 5, 2007

— Some motorists had a slow commute to work Thursday after a three-vehicle accident on the Interstate 440 Outer Beltline.

Authorities said the accident occurred at 7:54 a.m. near the Lake Boone Trail exit.

Police said a 2006 Pontiac passenger car was slowing for traffic in the exit lane, while the driver of a 2005 Ford sport-utility vehicle in the right lane prepared to merge.

Christopher Fogg, 43, of 111 Southwood Drive, driving a 2007 Chevrolet truck in the right lane, failed to reduce speed, said police.

The truck struck the SUV, causing a chain reaction in which the SUV and Pontiac hit each other several times. According to a witness, the Pontiac overturned during the collision but came to rest on all four tires.

The driver of the SUV, Howard Lowdermilk, 59, of 4825 Hollenden Drive, was hurt, police said.

Police cited Fogg in the accident report and issued him a ticket.

Both the SUV and Pontiac had to be towed from the scene, according to the accident report.


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  • gopanthers Jul 5, 2007

    One good thing - If your on I440 and miss your turn off you can just drive all the way around again to get your turn off. LOL

  • IzzMad2016 Jul 5, 2007

    Pink Lady : I keep track of it the same way you do. When we moved here I just could not figure out how 440 and 40 worked until someone told me to picture a P and envision 40 as the bottom of the P-loop.

  • QT3.14 Jul 5, 2007

    To tell the difference between inner and outer, I imagine drawing the letter "O". The direction I draw Os is the way the OUTER beltline goes.

  • Steve Crisp Jul 5, 2007

    I've always called them the Inner Beltline and the Outer Beltline. And then each of them have two loops: the inner loop which runs clockwise and the outer loop which runs counterclockwise. Forget the whole east-west thing they are tying to impose on us.

  • atozca Jul 5, 2007

    "Here's an easy way to tell where you are on the beltline. If you look to your right and see the median, you're probably going in the wrong direction."
    Sigil Odegra

    That is hilarious! Thanks for a good laugh.

  • boingc Jul 5, 2007

    Think--you are correct, they are going to start using east/west. To do this they are making it so that I-40 is just I-40, not I-40/440. Thus, the beltline will no longer be a circle, just a big arc that generally runs east-west.

  • Think Jul 5, 2007

    Here's how I remember it: The two sides of I440 form two circles, one inside the other. The inner circle goes clockwise, the outer circle goes counter-clockwise.

    With I540 being called the Outer Loop, NCDoT decided in 2002 to begin replacing signs with an east/west orientation instead of the more confusing inner/outer designation. Right now there is a mix of signs as many older signs have not yet been replaced.

  • aquamama Jul 5, 2007

    Anticlockwise is the British English term for counterclockwise.

  • boingc Jul 5, 2007

    zcorvette--I'm right there with you!

  • vette212 Jul 5, 2007

    pinklady1 and Sigil Odegra great tips from both.

    AfricanAmerican, look at a map and see where Raleigh, Durham and Chapel hill are. Then draw a line from Raleigh to Durham then to chapel hill, making a triangle. There will be a test on this tomorrow, so please study.