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Three escape fiery wreck on I-540

Posted March 20, 2013
Updated March 21, 2013

— Three people got out safely after a pickup truck flipped over and hit a guard rail on Interstate 540 East Wednesday evening near U.S. Highway 401, authorities said.

One person was taken to the hospital with minor injuries.

Shortly after the wreck, the truck burst into flames.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, the driver lost control due to slowing traffic, swerved to avoiding hitting the car in front of him and then overturned.

I-540 wreck Viewer video #1: I-540 truck on fire

He will be cited for a moving violation, troopers said.

All three eastbound lanes of I-540 were closed for over an hour while authorities cleared the wreck.

The highway was reopened around 8:15 p.m.


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  • Terkel Mar 21, 2013

    rk1115, if he was traveling so fast that he flipped that huge truck because he had to swerve for slowing traffic, he was driving way too fast for conditions. This wasn't one of those dangerous minivans or SUVs that flip easily, this looks like a semi.

    Glad everyone got out.

  • tcndc2 Mar 21, 2013

    No names mentioned - ?

  • rk1115 Mar 21, 2013

    So how is swirving to avoid hitting someone else a moving violation? Theres no mention that he was speeding. Cops just look for anything to use as an excuse to give a ticket.

  • Obamacare rises Mar 21, 2013

    That is NOT a pickup truck.

    Really? Thanks Sherlock.

  • fifefan4life Mar 21, 2013

    You are supposed to allow one car length for every 10 mph, so if you are going 70mph you need 7 car lengths between you and the car in front of you, which is impossible because of the "weavers" rushing to get ahead.

  • Pretzel Logic Mar 21, 2013

    A huge part of the problem is that many drivers just don't possess the skills needed for operating a motorized vehicle at any speed greater than walking speed much less any type of high speed driving. Many are not good drivers to begin with, then allowing themselves to become and then remain distracted is just asking for trouble. Combine that with Inattention, Ignorance and incompetence, negligence, A blatant disregard for the law, Zero consideration / concern for the safety of other drivers, just plain stupidity, add in a cell phone, ZERO police presence and or Law Enforcement and there you have it, A Free For All, The speeders out there will speed no matter what, if the left lane is not going fast enough for them @ 75-80mph's,, then their bulldozing there way through the right and center lanes. Bulldozing their way through traffic, changing lanes repeatedly, squeezing in between cars, tailgating at high speed and Texting @ 90 mph is regular fare out there on 540... Truckers do it too

  • Scubagirl Mar 21, 2013

    "Agreed, there's probably too much tailgaiting going on as well. Part of the blame goes on the rude drivers who constantly race to get to the front of the line then rudely cut into the "single car length" that people allow for braking. The trouble is there are some that view that space as an opportunity to cut in front w/o care for anyone else. They only care about themselves.

    So very true. God forbid we leave a safe distance between us and the car in front........boggles the mind really. Gotta wonder where some of these folks learned to drive

  • Scubagirl Mar 21, 2013

    hardly a pickup truck in the strict sense of the word

  • seankelly15 Mar 21, 2013

    That is NOT a pickup truck.

  • Crumps Br0ther Mar 21, 2013

    There are a few place on 540 that bottleneck up for no reason during rush hr