Lanes back open after I-40 crash

Posted May 20, 2013

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— Westbound traffic was slow but smooth on Interstate 40 south of downtown Raleigh after a tractor-trailer wreck closed all lanes on the highway Monday morning. The Department of Transportation began reopening lanes just after 1 p.m.

The driver of the truck told the State Highway Patrol that heavy rain was falling and he hydroplaned, leaving the travel lanes and crashing into some trees. The driver was walking around after the wreck, but he was taken to an area hospital as a precaution.

No one else was injured, and no other vehicles were involved in the wreck.

Update: Lanes closed on I-40 Tractor-trailer crash closes I-40 in Raleigh

Delays were minor once the Department of Transportation got traffic moving smoothly along detours to the north or south. 


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  • oleguy May 20, 2013

    The 2 emergency trucks did a poor job of the lane shift west bound,, I saw a roll back, hit the shoulder and slid all the way past...

  • WralCensorsAreBias May 20, 2013

    Good to go. Back to your regularly scheduling texting and driving triangle residents.

  • common tater May 20, 2013

    I see tractor trailers exceeding safe speeds in inclement weather all the time. If it was preventable, it's a stretch to call it an accident.

  • Obamacare survives May 20, 2013

    I wonder if any of the cement has begun to harden since it's been exposed to water and been allowed to dry.

  • greg69innc May 20, 2013

    Having a million miles of safe operation I can say that a tractor trailer loaded with a heavy load isnt going to just hydroplane and flip. More like too fast for conditions for him not to be in control of his vehicle. I am so thankful all the cars out there can keep their wheels on the ground with all that going on

  • 123dnih May 20, 2013

    "The driver told Highway Patrol that he hydroplaned, left the road and flipped"...I would say that to the police as well, as opposed to telling the truth.

  • gman007 May 20, 2013

    A tractor-trailer loaded with bags of concrete hydroplaned??? Wow, learn something new every day. It's a wonder any of the little four wheelers managed to stay on the road.

  • dleven04 May 20, 2013

    Glad he was not hurt. We are all human; therefore, we are all imperfect. Accidents happen. Life goes on.

  • Crumps Br0ther May 20, 2013

    Let me guess- rain and speed were a factor.

    Thats usually how you hydroplane, just like the driver said he did in the article. Not the first truck accidenrt along that stretch there either

  • sidecutter May 20, 2013

    Let me guess- rain and speed were a factor.