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Backhoe falls off truck; delays reported on I-40

Posted March 31, 2010

— A backhoe apparently fell off a flatbed truck on Interstate 40 East near Harrison Avenue around 9:30 a.m. Wednesday. 

One westbound lane and two eastbound lanes were blocked.

Drivers reported delays in the area. No other details were available.


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  • asjdiw Mar 31, 2010

    Was out west a few weeks ago. Saw a semi take a turn and his load kept going straight. Nobody hurt, not even vehicle damage. Lucky.
    What happened to check, then check again?

  • native2NC Mar 31, 2010

    My husband was beside of this guy going under the underpass...The backhoe hit the Harrison Ave bridge as the flat bed truck was going under. I am not sure why the media does not want to release that. My husband said it sounded like a bomb went off when it hit! He was very fortunate that he wasn't still behind the truck as he originally was. Angels watching over him and a lot of folks on I40 today.

  • TriangleMommy Mar 31, 2010

    I reckon backhoes take themselves out for drives now, and plop down in the middle of the highway, since this one only "Apparently" fell off a truck.
    I mean come on!!!! How else would it get in the middle of the highway.

  • rhythm section Mar 31, 2010

    ST Wooten is working on I40 in that area, but could have been anyone traveling that route.

  • Gork Mar 31, 2010

    did anyone see the name of the contractor?

  • irishale Mar 31, 2010

    Actually just saw the noon news... picture they showed was of, indeed, a backhoe.

    Got to be scary to suddenly face a 15k pound + (depending on size) chunk of metal suddenly rolling down the interstate.

  • froggytroat Mar 31, 2010

    That's CAT's stimulus package...

  • redmoon Mar 31, 2010

    how about more info, instead of being first out with story???

  • eitakydennek1987 Mar 31, 2010

    i once worked for a company. I wonder if its them. It happened once while I was working there!!!! SCARY!

  • Thor Mar 31, 2010