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I-40 Accident Site Is Now Clear

Posted March 18, 2007
Updated March 19, 2007

— The accident site where a tanker truck overturned on I-40 in Johnston County Sunday is now clear, officials said. No serious injuries have been reported.

One of two eastbound lanes on I-40 was temporarily closed Sunday after the accident happened at mile-marker 315 near N.C. Highway 42 about 4:45 p.m. Two people were transported to WakeMed with minor injuries.

Highway Patrol officials said all lanes of I-40 were reopened Sunday evening as investigators stayed at the scene of the accident. However, the lane was closed again late Sunday night as crews began to remove the truck from the site.

Traffic backups were reported from mile-marker 12 to mile-marker 16 late Sunday evening.


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  • DavesLilAngel76 Mar 19, 2007

    Jenkirb- I was not in town and did not hear about the accident on I-95. Our thoughts and prayers are also with your family. My personal feeling on this is everyone complaining about being stuck in traffic due to accidents needs to stop complaining and think about the people and their families involved and if you are stopped due to back up, the time it takes to complain you could have said a prayer for the victims and their families and the response teams that are on the scene to help to keep them safe from harm.

  • jenkirb Mar 19, 2007

    mlipi the remarks by memaofsix were not necessarily meant for you, the postings from friday's accident have been horrible, people complaining of gas prices, speeding truck driver's etc. It has really hit a nerve with many people especially our family being we were the ones that were REALLY affected. All the people caught in traffic left it behind them when they went to sleep friday night. My aunt, the wife of that driver has barely slept since friday. My family is still dealing with it and will be for many months to come. I hope no one stuck in that mess missed saying goodbye to a loved one or welcoming a new life to the world, but short of those two things I am pretty sure nothing they were doing or headed to do was quite as tragic or important as what was going on in the middle of the road that day.

  • DavesLilAngel76 Mar 19, 2007

    I was one of the people stuck in the accident last night. My fiance and I came up on the accident and all we could do was pray for the driver and know that he and his family are in our prayers for a speedy recovery. I was more upset at the fact that the traffic was making it hard for the crews trying to clear the accident and traffic was basically getting in the way of that. They had the sign "accident ahead" flashing after you get under the hwy 42 exit. They could have put that sign like 2 miles before 42 so people could have detoured around it and made it that much easier and safer for everyone working on clearing it up. Again, on behalf of my fiance and I, our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the driver and his family and am glad to know that his condition is improving.

  • boatrokr Mar 18, 2007

    memaofsix, I hope your brother-in-law makes a quick recovery. Blessings to you and him.

  • livin2dance03 Mar 18, 2007

    My prayers go out to the victims and their families!

  • Skywatch_NC Mar 18, 2007

    Traffic accidents happen with delays everyday. I am very thankful to our nation's truckers who put their lives on the line doing their service to us with the hauling of goods and products! Also, am very thankful that neither tanker from Friday's accident or today's accident caught fire! Prayers and thoughts with Mr. Sandavol and his family and with the two in today's accident.

  • FloydRTurbo Mar 18, 2007

    Did I say anything derogatory about the truck driver or his family ? .... nope, sure didn't. I wasn't in a time crunch but I'll bet many of the many many 1,000s caught in that mess were. Any sympathy for them or mention in your prayers ???

    Take your self-righteous indignation and stick it where the sun don't shine.

  • memaofsix Mar 18, 2007

    the family of the driver had to wait almost 10 hours to see him!! Waayy tooo much time to think!!!!!! to Freckles and others that have been sincerely concerned for the Sandavol family...I thank you and will remember each of you in prayer also. He is my brother-in-law and is a very special man in his own rights, and has a very loving wife. He is improving by the hour and is in very good spirits. To the others who have shot off their "mouths" about someone they do not know and probably ever will, I hope you can justify your actions before God one day. This man and his family has not deserved any of the comments that have been said. I sincerely hope that you never have to experience what my family and his family has been going through since Friday morning. We have several organizations praying and know beyond a shadow of a doubt that he would not be here if not for the prayers. Again thanks to the concerned ones and shame on the ignorant people that think only of themselves!!

  • FloydRTurbo Mar 18, 2007

    I was caught in the I-95 mess on Friday .... took 4 HOURS to get from Benson to Lumberton. Waaay too much time to think.