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Car flips on I-40, slowing rush-hour traffic in Raleigh

Posted May 2, 2012

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— A car overturned on Interstate 40 in Wake County Wednesday afternoon, closing all eastbound lanes and slowing rush-hour traffic to a crawl. 

All lanes reopened shortly after 6 p.m.

A Raleigh police spokesman said the driver was speeding near Cary Towne Boulevard, lost control of the car and flipped over. 

No other cars were involved in the wreck.

The driver suffered minor injuries. No one else was hurt.

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  • knucklehead May 11, 2012

    I too love the term merge weasel. But don't know how it is intended. Is it about the stoopid drivers on a phone doing 45 MPH merging on to a highway where others are going 70?
    Or like me where once I get to the highway, I am going 70 and can merge in to normal traffic?
    I also think that the LEOs just love to close lanes to reinforce their territorial imperative?

  • piene2 May 4, 2012

    Put most simply, most North Carolina drivers could not even qualify for a learner's permit elsewhere.

  • passport423 May 3, 2012

    @2man: slowdown/backup from the merge to US1 south never caused such problems on 40 at that locale until they recently changed I40 so that people have to merge into the same lane to get off 40 as Cary Town center is in trying to merge onto to get on I-40. That change happened in the last year or so and that is when the problems started.

  • Geez Louise May 3, 2012

    @ pedsrndad, Scubagirl, and gswalker51: At a minimum, y'all need to write a letter to the Commander of the NC Highway Patrol (google it to get his name and address) to request increased enforcement of the speed limit laws on I-40. I did. You're not going to change anything by simply posting on wral.com.

  • Z Man May 3, 2012

    The problem is the slowdown/backup from the merge to US1 south. If that's not backed up then there's never a problem with Cary Towne Bvd traffic trying to get on I40 East and I40 East trying to get to US1 North or South.

  • passport423 May 3, 2012

    "It happened right in that congested area where exit 291 has the on ramp that turns into the off ramp for 293. The front of one car hit the back of the other. They both over corrected, one flipped and rolled, the other spun to the right and got hit by another oncoming car."

    The change to exit 291/293 has caused problems ever since it happened. Traffic is stopped there all the time. When will NCDOT quit making the mistake of making a lane both on and off ramps to a major highway? It's a wonder there are not accidents at that location every day.

  • Studio13 May 3, 2012

    'No other cars were involved in the wreck.'

    That's not true! My daughter and I saw it happen. She saw the whole thing and I saw from after the first hit and saw that car rolling! There were 3 cars involved.

    It happened right in that congested area where exit 291 has the on ramp that turns into the off ramp for 293. The front of one car hit the back of the other. They both over corrected, one flipped and rolled, the other spun to the right and got hit by another oncoming car.

    My daughter was one of the group that went to see if the guy in the flipped car was OK.

  • osbjmg May 3, 2012

    Please increase your following distance, and look carefully before you make your lane changes. There is no excuse for an accident like this on the highway. Speed is not the major factor, it's awareness. Signal, look, change lanes confidently but not too quickly. Let people know your intentions. Also, look for runoff areas, don't over-correct. This is so sad it can be avoided.

  • pedsrndad May 3, 2012

    The police need to do more to stop and ticket speeders on I40 and other nearby highways. Many times I go 65 and am passed by vehicles going at least 80.If you can't move over when they come up behind you that fast, they will come within what seems to be inches and swerve over. No one has reaction times fast enough to avoid an "accident" going that fast and that close to other vehicles if one of the drivers were to panic.

  • debbjo May 3, 2012

    I would like to never hear or see the comment "NC drivers" again -- if you live in this State, have a NC drivers license and drive on our highways, YOU are a NC driver. If you are from out of state, passing through, I sincerely doubt that you are posting on WRAL.

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