Traffic

Crashes close whole directions, lanes on major Raleigh routes

Posted May 15

Two crashes, one resulting in a fire, shut down multiple lanes and a whole direction on I-40 and I-440 in Wake County on Monday.

— Two crashes, one resulting in a fire, shut down multiple lanes and a whole direction on I-40 and I-440 in Wake County on Monday.

Around 9:30 a.m., a wreck closed all westbound lanes of I-440 in Raleigh near Exit 14 for US-64/I-495. Officials said the wreck involved five cars, and one person was transported to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

A fiery single-car crash also closed two westbound lanes of I-40 in Morrisville near Exit 284 (Airport Boulevard). Officials do not know the cause of the fire. No injuries have been reported.

Both routes reopened within hours of the wrecks.

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  • Edward Anderson May 15, 2:58 p.m.
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    The only thing that is going to solve this is driverless cars; when human emotion (rage, greed, impatience) is removed from the equation, we'll all be safer. Until then the safest solution is to work from home.

  • Mary James May 15, 2:14 p.m.
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    I agree with Kelly. I drive on 40 every day. And every day I see people weaving in & out of traffic, passing on the right or in exit lanes, texting. They pass a law to ticket slow drivers in the left hand lane, they need to worry about ticketing overly aggressive & impatient drivers.

  • Kelly Paris May 15, 12:43 p.m.
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    I take I-440 and US-1 when commuting between work and home. And I see a lot of bad drivers out there, especially along US-1. These particular drivers are especially impatient and treat the roads like a race track endangering others, constantly changing lanes, cutting people off, etc...It's getting worse. I'd like to see the city lower the speed limit on these roads. As a driver, I like to keep a good distance between myself and the vehicle ahead of me. That probably angers some, but I see people stop too suddenly . I don't want to hit them in the rear if that happens.