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Eastbound I-40 reopens after wrecks near Garner

Posted January 20, 2012

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— Two wrecks involving two tractor-trailers and a pickup truck led authorities to close eastbound Interstate 40 south of Garner Friday morning.

The wrecks, which happened around 6 a.m. near Exit 307, left one tractor-trailer overturned on the shoulder and traffic backed up for a few miles.

Investigators say the first wreck happened when a tractor-trailer driver lost control of his truck in the left lane. He over-corrected and flipped, ending up on the right hand shoulder of the highway.

Tractor-trailer wreck Overturned tractor-trailer creates big delays on I-40 East

The second wreck happened when another tractor-trailer slowed down to try and help. A pickup truck ran into the back of the second tractor-trailer, authorities said.

The drivers of the overturned tractor-trailer and the pickup truck were taken to the hospital with minor injuries, troopers with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said.

The state Department of Transportation initially closed the right eastbound lane, but all eastbound lanes were closed at U.S. Highway 70 by mid-morning as crews worked to right the overturned truck and move it off the highway.

The interstate and the entrance ramps off U.S. 70 were reopened before noon.

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  • excalibur810 Jan 20, 2012

    sounds like to me that ProudBlackSingleMother would make a very good back seat driver....

  • 2gurlz2boyzMom Jan 20, 2012

    ProudBlackSingleMother - Why was the tractor trailer in the left lane? Because he was speeding like they always do... and the other trucker rubbernecking and causing another accident should go to jail.

    the other 18 wheeler driver slowed down to help the driver that had flipped. the pickup driver should be charged with following too closely.

  • Just Mojo Jan 20, 2012

    I heard about this on WRAL before I left the house and took 70 business through Clayton. Traffic was at a standstill just past the 70 exit. I'm glad I didn't get stuck in that mess.

  • Screw WrAl Jan 20, 2012

    Enjoy your commute cell phone dwellers.

  • werte80s Jan 20, 2012

    Thank you >>DOT

  • ProudBlackSingleMother Jan 20, 2012

    Why was the tractor trailer in the left lane? Because he was speeding like they always do... and the other trucker rubbernecking and causing another accident should go to jail.

    Truckers bring it!

  • JAT Jan 20, 2012

    chairman - oh yeah, like the driver probably had a seizure or a heart attack...and "prayers to the family".....maybe people are off today and not posting. LOL

  • JAT Jan 20, 2012

    maybe if people would stop trying to video while driving we'd have even few accidents. few things are that interesting...

  • ItIsJustMe Jan 20, 2012

    "I tried to get some good video with my iphone but it was hard to drive and record it at the same time. I just pulled over to get a better look. I had to back up in the fast lane to get some better views!"

    That was you! Awesome... I was gonna do the same thing, but you had me blocked off when you were backing up. Can you send me the video??

  • Chairman of the Bored Jan 20, 2012

    Only 18 comments? I thought I'd see a lot more with people so excited to give their story of a lifetime of how they were stuck in traffic and their explanation of what must have happened.

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