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NC trooper injured Wednesday in multi-vehicle I-40 wreck

Posted February 10
Updated February 11

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— A multi-vehicle accident on Wednesday night closed Interstate 40 westbound in Durham County for several hours and sent two people to the hospital, including a North Carolina State Highway Patrol trooper.

The accident near Davis Drive happened just before 7 p.m. as the trooper was investigating an earlier accident, according to the Highway Patrol. While the trooper was parked along the barrier, a tractor-trailer approached from the rear and merged from the left lane to the right to pass the patrol car.

As the semi changed lanes, it inadvertently sideswiped a passenger car causing the car to lose control and crash into the parked patrol car. The passenger car then hit another vehicle before coming to rest.

The trooper was transported to Duke University Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries, and the driver of the passenger car that rear ended the patrol car was transported to the hospital in serious but stable condition, according to the Highway Patrol. No other injuries were reported.

For about two hours, westbound I-40 was reduced to one lane.

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