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Rig wreck closes Capital Boulevard in Raleigh

Posted June 10, 2013

— The southbound lanes of Capital Boulevard at Interstate 440 in Raleigh were closed for more than three hours Monday when a tractor-trailer spilled its load.

Raleigh police said James Fountain Rochester III, 43, of Zebulon, was steering the rig from the outer loop of I-440 onto Capital Boulevard when the trailer's load of glass bottles shifted.

The trailer tipped over and slid along the road, striking a 2003 Buick driven by Abdel Karim Muhsen, 76, of Wilson. He was taken to WakeMed for treatment, according to police.

Rochester was not speeding.

The roadway was closed as crews removed the trailer and bottles.


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  • LastSon1981 Jun 12, 2013


  • LocalYokel Jun 11, 2013

    Does "Rochester was not speeding." mean that Rochester was not driving too fast for conditions? While driving an unstable truck load of glass bottles you may need to be driving much less than the posted speed maximum.

  • Bartmeister Jun 10, 2013

    Traffic was backed up from the beltline past where 401 merges with Capital.