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Traffic Moving Again Near I-40/I-85 Split After Accident

Posted November 11, 2004

— Traffic on Interstate 85 is moving again after a tractor-trailer overturned on the exit ramp at the I-40/I-85 split in Orange County.

The accident occurred at 11:24 a.m. Thursday when the tractor-trailer was rounding a curve on the onramp to I-40 east. The cab of the trailer remained on the ramp while its load carrying hundreds of pounds of animal fat fell below onto Interstate 85. Much of it soaked Norma Rehbein's SUV.

"I saw something hit," she said. "A second later, some brown stuff was all over my car. I had no visibility."

The Highway Patrol said the driver has minor injuries. No one else was injured in the accident.

"I'm just very lucky to have stopped my car and not hit anything," Rehbein said.

Crews were able to clear the scene and get southbound I-85 traffic moving again shortly before 6 p.m.

The area has seen its fair share of accidents, including

one last week

. On Nov. 4, the driver of a different tractor-trailer lost control and ended up dangling from the same ramp. The tractor-trailer was carrying recycling items, which wound up all over the road.

During that wreck, two westbound lanes on I-40 were shut down for three hours while crews cleaned up the mess. No one was hurt.

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