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I-440 ramp reopened after concrete blockage

Posted October 7, 2008

— The ramp leading from inbound Wade Avenue onto the Interstate 440 Inner Beltline was closed for several hours Tuesday after a large piece of precast concrete fell off of a tractor-trailer, Raleigh Police Department spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

The truck overturned while its driver was attempting to navigate the on-ramp. The truck also blew a tire.

At least one lane was closed as equipment was brought in to clear the scene. By 2 p.m., all lanes and the ramp had reopened to traffic.

No injuries were reported and no vehicles were damaged.

Police charged the driver, James Edward Scherffios, of Campobello, S.C., with failure to secure the load, according to the police report. The truck is owned by Tindall Haul and Erect Corp. in Spartanburg, S.C.


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  • NCSULandscaper Oct 7, 2008

    it doesnt matter how secure your load is, there is alot of force when a truck overturns and a few chains and binders are not going to keep it on the truck, i say thats a bogus charge and will most likely be thrown out of court

  • Journey985 Oct 7, 2008

    Nice one jbync1!!!!

  • Journey985 Oct 7, 2008

    See my point, the police charged this man with failure to secure the load, yet did not charge the Bahama fir truck driver with failing to reduce speed for poor road conditions?? I feel a double edged sword her! Besides how do they know the load was not secured properly? the truck tipped over and all was dumped? Way to go Raleigh PD

  • kevboom Oct 7, 2008

    Both lanes were closed/blocked.

  • Z Man Oct 7, 2008

    Hmmm. The truck overturned but no vehicles were damaged. That must be one tough truck!

  • embarassedstatefan Oct 7, 2008

    Easley just announced: cause of this ... we will have to wait another 7-10 days for gas to return to levels

  • Scubagirl Oct 7, 2008

    oops! Glad no one was hurt. Could have been really bad