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One northbound lane of U.S. Highway 15-501 closed after wreck

Posted July 27, 2008
Updated July 28, 2008

— Durham police say a reckless driver caused the closure of northbound U.S. Highway 15-501 near Cornwallis Road Sunday evening.

The driver of a convertible was going 90 mph when the car struck a bridge guardrail at about 6 p.m., police said. Another vehicle then hit the convertible.

Department of Transportation officials were called to survey the damage, and a 20-foot section of the concrete guardrail had to be removed. Without it, there is nothing to prevent a vehicle from driving off the highway and falling onto Conwallis Road below.

"We're gonna be doing an evaluation and assessment of the damage," a DOT engineer said Monday morning. "And we'll be doing a demolition of the damaged portion to clean up the area."

The outer northbound lane of U.S. Highway 15-501 will remain closed during the repairs, which could take several days. Motorists are urged to find an alternative route.

The drivers of the vehicles were taken to Duke University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. Police withheld their names.


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  • littlebobeep Jul 28, 2008

    People make mistakes. Be thankful no one was killed. Be thankful you were not involved. Be thankful that YOU got away with it the last time YOU 'pushed' the speed limit or left that lane change to get to the exit ramp a tad too late.

  • 68_polara Jul 28, 2008

    Anyone remember the last time they saw a cop enforcing the speed limit on 147?

  • Deep Thought Jul 28, 2008

    Huh, 90 is just a tiny bit faster than most of the drivers on that stretch. The posted limit is 55 which the majority of them read as either 75 or 85. And that is slow compared to the speed on the Durham Freeway between 154-501 and RTP.

  • Me again Jul 28, 2008

    it was a Saturn Sky.

  • WHEEL Jul 28, 2008

    Dot's "evaluation and assessment" will take about three days and ten pickup truch "hood leaners" at which time they will hire an outside contractor who will fix it with temporary guard rail in about 4 hours.

  • 68_polara Jul 28, 2008

    They did that with a saturn! They're lucky to be alive.

    Must of been a saturn sky. Drive it like you stole it!

  • Me again Jul 28, 2008

    Make the moron driving the white Saturn convertible, yes I saw the scene, pay for the bridge repair....not us taxpayers.

  • intuit Jul 28, 2008

    Well, hopefully the moron in the convertible learned his lesson. Now, if we could get these other jacklegs on the road driving recklessly to realize they're not cute but rather they're endangering the lives of those around them as well as themselves, we'd be in decent shape.