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I-85 reopens after tractor-trailer crash in Randolph County

Posted October 22, 2012

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— All lanes of Interstate 85 in Randolph County reopened Monday evening following an early-morning crash of a tractor-trailer hauling explosives.

The state Department of Transportation said the rig overturned about 7 a.m. on the northbound side of the interstate near Archdale. Crews were on the scene at lunchtime, cleaning up explosive material that had spilled from the rig.

The driver, whose name was not released, was in critical condition, authorities said.

It was unclear what caused the single-vehicle wreck, which remains under investigation. Reports indicated the driver had to be extricated from the vehicle, but that was not confirmed.


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  • Thought Criminal WS Oct 22, 2012

    I wish the cops we had did more of this:

    I don't want a ticket so I don't want to see more tickets being written. I want smoother safer traffic, to get home to my family sooner, and not be behind some tart who thinks they own the road or they are "exercizing a right".

  • LocalYokel Oct 22, 2012

    jackedupsuperduty, I agree - it may not have been the truck drivers who was driving badly.

    Offshore, While the cats away the mice will play. We already pay law enforcement for public safety and I expect them to get their the job done. Don't tell me we need more officers when we see plenty of cops rolling around NOT writing tickets and talking on cell phones or typing on a laptops. We don't need MORE officers - we need the one's we already pay to START DOING THEIR JOBS!

  • Offshore Oct 22, 2012

    Frustrated native:
    Kicker is, they could go faster but since there are no incentives accept a fine if they finish early and lost revenue if they finish late. If they're ahead of schedule, work will slow down. Neat plan.

  • Frustrated Native Oct 22, 2012

    I came back to Raleigh from Charlotte last night on 85 and experienced one of the worst traffic jams I've ever experienced. It took over an hour to go from Charlotte to Concord due to the 85 road improvement project cutting down the lanes from 5 to 2. Bumper to bumper at 15 mph for over 30 miles. I know this accident was further north, but that road construction project was terribly planned. As slow as it's going, I honestly think the remaining lanes on 85 South aren't going to last long enough for the project to be finished.

  • moveyextraz Oct 22, 2012

    Wow, sounds like a real explosive situation.

  • jackedupsuperduty Oct 22, 2012

    Yeah you know someone hauling explosives must be a bad driver huh yokel?? Come do the job we do and the background checks we have to pass to pull stuff that isn't even explosive but just DoD freight and the driving record you have to have and experience. Yeah it was a one vehicle wreck doesn't mean it wasn't caused by a stupidperson in a car trust me on that one. I'm not worried about how I react or will react I'm more scared of the yahoo's in cars that are unpredictable cut trucks off and weave in and out of traffic.

  • Offshore Oct 22, 2012

    LocalYokel:You can also thank law enforcement for your delays because law enforcement isn't effective at keeping bad drivers off our roads.

    Spoken like a true YOKEL. Maybe it's time drivers started taking responsibility for themselves, stop talking/texting while driving. Pay attention, the life you take may not be your own. Law enforcement can't do it all, just because the law makers make the laws doesn't mean they hire more officers to enforce them.

  • LocalYokel Oct 22, 2012

    Make sure you thank bad drivers for your traffic delays. You can also thank law enforcement for your delays because law enforcement isn't effective at keeping bad drivers off our roads.

  • mfarmer1 Oct 22, 2012

    I recommend you don't light any matches.

  • Zoey0815 Oct 22, 2012

    Avoid the area, it's a giant mess and the chemicals inside the trailer ensure that the road will not be open within the next couple of hours.