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Five trapped in rollover wreck on I-85 in Durham

Posted June 16, 2013

— A portion of southbound Interstate 85 in Durham County was closed briefly Sunday while emergency personnel worked to free a family of five trapped inside an overturned vehicle.

North Carolina State Highway Patrol said no one was seriously hurt in the single-vehicle wreck that happened about 5:30 p.m. near East Club Boulevard, Exit 179.

Troopers said the driver lost control and the vehicle left the roadway, struck a ditch and flipped three times. Two adults and three children were taken to Duke University Hospital. One of the occupants had a broken arm.

A defective tire may be to blame for the crash, troopers said. The driver said she bought new tires last week, but troopers noted one of the tires had no tread.

No charges were filed against the driver.
 

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  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 17, 4:36 p.m.

    (I assume you meant 'beware')

    yep. thx

  • Terkel Jun 17, 4:34 p.m.

    It's possible she was sold "new" tires but only received three. It's not unheard of for auto places to rip women off.

  • whatelseisnew Jun 17, 3:27 p.m.

    "Were those tires bought brand new or were they used? Tires do have a date code on them and even if new, they may have been hanging around for who knows how long. I'm sure the word lawsuit is going to be thrown around a few times. Glad the family came out of this relatively OK except for a broken arm and bruises. It could have been so much worse."

    I have bought new tires many times for a variety of different vehicles. Never once did any of my new tires not have tread. Me thinks the driver is possibly not being entirely truthful.

  • joeBob Jun 17, 3:18 p.m.

    Why is this story still at the top of the pile like it just happened? This is the internet, not a newspaper.

  • T-Man Jun 17, 2:41 p.m.

    Glad they were all relatively ok!

    "Please be where an under inflated tire will blow out."

    I sure don't want to be where a tire blows out! (I assume you meant 'beware') :)

  • kellypsnll Jun 17, 12:22 p.m.

    Were those tires bought brand new or were they used? Tires do have a date code on them and even if new, they may have been hanging around for who knows how long. I'm sure the word lawsuit is going to be thrown around a few times. Glad the family came out of this relatively OK except for a broken arm and bruises. It could have been so much worse.

  • 68_dodge_polara Jun 17, 10:46 a.m.

    "Two most important parts of a vehicle and most overlooked? Tires and brakes."

    Agreed. Please be where an under inflated tire will blow out.

  • GravyPig Jun 17, 10:26 a.m.

    Glad they are OK. As someone who works in the auto industry, I hear that kind of stuff all the time. "I just put new tires on" usually means that they were put on at some time in the vehicles life, or they just put used tires on which normaly have about two to four 32nds of an inch remaining when installed.

    Two most important parts of a vehicle and most overlooked? Tires and brakes.