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I-40 reopens in Orange County after truck jackknifes

Posted February 6, 2012

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— Eastbound lanes of Interstate 40 were closed for about 90 minutes Monday morning when a tractor-trailer jackknifed in Orange County, authorities said.

The truck driver told state troopers that another truck stopped unexpectedly in front of him at about 9 a.m., causing him to jackknife near the N.C. Highway 86 interchange, said Sgt. David Hawkins of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

A witness told troopers that there was no other truck involved, Hawkins said, but no charges are expected in the case.

No injuries were reported.

The tractor-trailer blocked both eastbound lanes for about 30 minutes, and traffic was diverted onto the median to get around the trailer. Both lanes reopened by 10:30 a.m.

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  • kellypsnll Feb 7, 2012

    If it wasn't for the trucking and railroad industries, we would be no better than a third world nation. We would either have enough land to have some chickens and goats and a small garden to just barely get by or we would starve. Please. We can't live without the trucks and about 95% of the drivers are incredible drivers that have to deal with the people on the road in suvs that don't have the hours or the experience. Get a clue.

  • LocalYokel Feb 6, 2012

    "...no charges are expected in the case." because the NC Highway Patrol is a bad drivers best friend.

  • GoGreen Feb 6, 2012

    "Oh, for your other comment, "...[trucks] pay for less than 1/2 of their impact on the highway system..." may be somewhat accurate. However, charge them more to use the roads to deliver goods and guess who is paying more for groceries, gas, etc., etc??"

    No, it is spot on. 37% to be exact. Every time you by gas, you are subsidizing the trucking industry with no such benefit to railroads (though they got plenty of public land for free). What you are saying is, you are all for socialism. I mean that's what it is, all the little people paying more for the benefit of trucking industry.

    I still want to know why there are no charges.

  • whoam1 Feb 6, 2012

    "Get them off the highways and we would all be better off."

    And just how/where do you plan to get groceries, gas, etc., etc??? Oh, for your other comment, "...[trucks] pay for less than 1/2 of their impact on the highway system..." may be somewhat accurate. However, charge them more to use the roads to deliver goods and guess who is paying more for groceries, gas, etc., etc?? The fact of matter is WE ALL need to slow down and obey ALL traffic laws.

  • GoGreen Feb 6, 2012

    "GoGreen, a truckers job is driving on the highways. YOU are the nuisance on the highway, pure and simple!"

    Exactly my point. Trucks and truckers pay for less than 1/2 of their impact on the highway system. At best, it is a subsidized system. At worst, I call it welfare for truckers. If they were truly paying their way, trucking as an occupation would all but die off. Get them off the highways and we would all be better off.

    Still no one explained why there are no charges? I think the driver ought to be in jail for endangering lives. No charges indeed.

  • BELLA28 Feb 6, 2012

    scubagirl, my father has been a truck driver for over 30 years and I've heard his complaints over and over about other truck drivers who do NOT drive properly. I know there are good drivers. I also know there are bad ones. As in my previous comment, you will notice I didn't say ALL, I said some.

    But we're not talking about me, nor are we talking about what I drive, which obviously is not a truck. My comment was in reference to those truck drivers that tailgate me, you, and others. Whether you like my comment or not, the fact still stands that some drive like maniacs and don't consider the weight and loads they are carrying.

  • RWS Feb 6, 2012

    GoGreen, a truckers job is driving on the highways. YOU are the nuisance on the highway, pure and simple!

  • carrboroyouth Feb 6, 2012

    Ha I too was confused about I-40 being near Carrboro.

  • greg69innc Feb 6, 2012

    As a professional driver for several years, I can say this driver did an awesome job of not tipping the truck over. He obviously had adequate room in front him as he did not rear end the vehicle. The company that the driver works for has a very good safety rating and this driver should be commended. We can be rest assured he was drug tested, logs inspected and had anything been out of the ordinary he would have received a ticket.

    Oh yeah and dont criticize how drivers drive thier equipment unless you have done so too as I know plenty of drivers who have to deal with those condescending drivers that jump in and out of their following distance and run up on them at ramps. So there are a lot of unsafe drivers in the whole mix but at least I dont throw everyone under the bus due to someones misjudgement on that particular day.

  • Scubagirl Feb 6, 2012

    "Unfortunately, too many truck drivers follow too closely to be able to stop in ample time to avoid hitting anything. More often than not, they drive those things as if they were little sports cars rather than the massive machines they are.
    BELLA28"

    Since I don't know who's at fault, I can't comment on that but what I CAN say is; Bella28 have YOU ever tried to leave the DOT mandated space between you and the car you are following? Even if you try someone who thinks they are more important will ALWAYS jump in said safe space. Don't be so quick to blame the driver of the truck. Most are much safer drivers than those who drive cars/suvs/minivans!

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