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Leak From Truck Crash Shuts I-85 Durham Section for Hours

Posted November 15, 2007

Traffic Accident (generic)

— An overturned tractor-trailer forced the closure of all four lanes of Interstate 85 South in Durham for a time Thursday night.

Durham officials said the driver of a tractor-trailer going north on I-85 near Guess Road lost control of his vehicle shortly after 6:30 p.m.

The tractor-trailer hit the median barriers, causing it to fall over the barriers and overturn in the southbound lanes. Two other vehicles were involved in the accident.

The driver of the tractor-trailer sustained non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Duke University Hospital.

The Durham Fire Department was called out to handle a diesel fuel spill.

All four southbound lanes of I-85 were closed between the Duke Street and Guess Road exits while emergency personnel handled the accident. The state Department of Transportation announced shortly before 9:30 that one of the lanes had been reopened as firefighters cleaned up the scene.

All northbound lanes remained opened.

City officials said it was too early tell Thursday evening if charges will be filed in the accident.


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  • cm64 Nov 16, 2007

    I-85 through Durham is a nicely built, wide, smooth surface good driving road. Yes, the median may not be tall enough but it was not the cause of the accident….somebody’s bad driving was. I’m not blaming this on the trucker because a car could have cut him off or something. I’m just saying that the median is not the cause of the accident.

    Does anybody know why the truck hit the median?

  • FragmentFour Nov 16, 2007

    Having traffic moving at a sane rate of speed along I-85 might help prevent this kind of accident too, but I think hp277 has a point. Is there a way to raise the barrier without tearing it down first?

  • hp277 Nov 15, 2007

    This is the second time in just the last couple months that a tractor trailer - or part of one - has gone aver the I-85 median wall near Guess Road. This is a brand new road, and it has a design flaw. The median barrier is just 4 or 5 feet tall, and it needs to be 8 feet or so tall to keep these accidents from happening.