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I-40 West reopened after tractor-trailer fire

Posted October 13, 2010

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— All lanes of Interstate 40 West in Raleigh have been reopened after a tractor-trailer fire late Wednesday morning, according to the state Department of Transportation.

An empty car hauler belonging to St. Louis-based JMN Transportation caught fire west of Lake Wheeler Road.

The driver appeared to be OK and was talking to police and firefighters.

At one point, three of four westbound lanes of I-40 were closed as crews fought the fire. Crews cleared the scene shortly before noon.

More details about the incident were not immediately available.

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  • v4mcrider Oct 13, 2010

    I just love working from the house!

  • abrcromben Oct 13, 2010

    oh no timbo, a whole extra 25 minutes!

  • DontLikeTheSocialistObama Oct 13, 2010

    "actually that was the inner loop of 440 at lake wheeler rd. What's so hard about learning, inner and outer 440 & inner and outer 540, then there is I40. I guess it was just too simple. - Iworkforaliving"

    Actually the article was correct. That is I-40 West. The DOT changed I-440 so it doesn't overlap with I-40. I-440 now goes between I-40 and US-1 in Cary to the east side of Raleigh where I-40 leaves the Beltline heading towards Garner. I-440 is now marked east and west with no inner and outer loop anymore.

  • Iworkforaliving Oct 13, 2010

    actually that was the inner loop of 440 at lake wheeler rd.
    What's so hard about learning, inner and outer 440 & inner and outer 540, then there is I40. I guess it was just too simple.

  • Zoey0815 Oct 13, 2010

    Are you kidding me Mugu? Get behind the wheel of a big rig and take it for a drive on 40 or 440. Get some perspective before you make ignorant comments about unsafe trucks drivers killing people. I'd rather be on the road with tractor trailers than aggressive car and SUV drivers any day of the week!

  • timbo 2.0 Oct 13, 2010

    I'm more curious about what Einstein allowed the left 2 lanes on I-40 West at Aviation Pkwy to be closed at the beginning of rush hour today?

    Someone needs to be fired or fined over that one. It took me an extra 25 minutes to get to work this morning.

  • Mugu Oct 13, 2010

    This is another reason we should fund Motor Carrier Enforcement as much as the Highway Patrol... these unsafe trucks and unsafe truckers are gonna kill someone one of these days.

    JMN of St. Louis needs to reimburse me for time lost.

  • Killian Oct 13, 2010

    Glad there were no injuries!