Multi-vehicle crash closes I-40E in Durham

Posted June 3, 2013

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— Three people were hurt in a seven-vehicle crash that temporarily closed all lanes of Interstate 40 East in Durham.

The wreck happened about 9:30 a.m. at Exit 278 near N.C. Highway 55. Details were not available.

Durham police said the three injured people were taken to an area hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, another crash closed the northbound lanes of Interstate 85 in Granville County, near Butner.

Authorities said the crash happened about 9:20 a.m. at mile marker 191, near N.C. Highway 56. Details were not immediately available.

The road reopened about two hours later.


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  • Good Bye WRAL Jun 4, 2013

    There's a reason the left lanes are called the passing lane. Yes, you can exceed the speed limit to pass in the left lane. Just because it's a multi-lane road doesn't mean the same basic principles of driving a 2 lane road don't apply. If you try to pass someone on a 2 lane going 2 miles under the limit by only going the limit, you'll never pass them safely or in time. Same applies to multi-lane - if you're in the passing lane you should be passing and not matching speed!

    If you're in front of me, then I assume you are going slower than me and I expect to pass you. If you're in my rearview mirror, then I assume I'm going slower than you and I get out of the way or assist you in passing me. It's the oblivious or plain discourteous drivers that cause most problems.

  • Alexia.1 Jun 3, 2013

    I meant to say the person in the right lane was probably going slower...

  • Alexia.1 Jun 3, 2013

    outhousecat, I feel your pain there, but here's the problem: the person in the right lane was probably going faster, so the Prius decided to pass. Then the car in the right lane sped up. Now, what is the Prius to do? He is driving the speed limit, I assume. Do you want the person to violate the law?

    I hate this situation, too, but the problem is the laws are flawed. The law should allow a person to go over the speed limit in order to overtake another car more quickly and to prevent traffic from backing up.

  • outhousecat Jun 3, 2013

    Why does it always have to be a speeder's fault?

    Yesterday I was driving on 40-E going to work. I (and about 15 others) fell in behind a Prius driving in the left lane. He was running neck and neck with the car in the right lane. Cars kept backing up behind him, trying to pass, tailgating, switching lanes, etc. Prius boy never even attempted to switch lanes so people could get by.

    The police need to enforce the laws related to impeding traffic just as ferociously as they enforce speeding laws. Even the police will tell you it's more likely to be a slow driver causing a wreck than a speeder.

  • johnny2times Jun 3, 2013

    there was already one crash here and then someone NOT PAYING ATTENTION and looking at the first crash, created another one...

  • Scubagirl Jun 3, 2013

    "Someone's need for speed has wreaked havoc on others, no doubt."

    As is ALWAYS the case on I40. "Others" are NEVER considered.

  • sjb2k1 Jun 3, 2013

    they need to get more cops at the intersection of 55 and 40 E on ramp - there is one clueless cop out there with crime scene tape strung from her SUV. she's not directing traffic, just blowing her whistle and insulting people who aren't sure what she's doing.

  • EnoughWhiningAlready Jun 3, 2013

    Someone's need for speed has wreaked havoc on others, no doubt.

  • LibertarianTechie Jun 3, 2013

    It will be interesting to see what happened.