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Semi-trucks, car wreck on I-40, causing heavy delays near Cary

Posted September 13, 2011
Updated September 14, 2011

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— A wreck on Interstate 40 near the Harrison Avenue exit in Wake County involving two tractor trailer trucks and a car caused traffic delays and congestion in the area for several hours Tuesday afternoon, according to the state Highway Patrol.

Around 12:15 p.m., a tractor trailer traveling westbound made an improper lane change and struck the back of a car, which then spun out of control and landed in the middle of the road, troopers said.

The second tractor trailer swerved to avoid T-boning the car and ran off the road, slamming into the guardrail before going up the concrete embankment of the Harrison Avenue overpass. The driver was taken to Duke Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, troopers said.

The car driver suffered minor injuries and the other tractor trailer driver was not injured.

Charges are expected to be filed for the improper lane change.

The right two lanes of traffic were reopened around 5 p.m.

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  • Rebelyell55 Sep 15, 2011

    I find it amusing that Rebelyell55 has made the assumption that someone from the north is to blame.
    Cary Is Awesome
    That what happen when someone assume, I didn't assume that anyone of the drivers were from the "north"... That's your opinion. As for driver up north driving better in snow, is a myths. I've worked up north in some pretty heavy snow storms, and I can attest that they don't drive no better by a long ways.

  • BubbaDuke Sep 14, 2011

    That stretch of I-40 is always bad. Wrecks every day between Aviation and Wade Avenue. The third east-bound lane helps, but you still have people switching lanes at the last second. The opposite is true for west-bound traffic - coming from two lanes to four causes everyone to pick up speed and start maneuvering. Just because we're the home to NASCAR doesn't mean that we can all bump-draft. You can always count on the Prius and Hispanic drivers to drive slower than everyone else.

  • Toddlermother Sep 14, 2011

    Sounds like the first driver should get the ticket and the other truck driver a medal for avoiding the Honda. -- Milkman

    I could not agree more -- took the words right out of my mouth!

  • LocalYokel Sep 14, 2011

    Bad driving from tractor trailer operators and why not? Law enforcement is on their 4-month vacation from enforcing traffic laws again.

  • Caring Sep 14, 2011

    I am from the south and let me just say this. Yankees drive alot better than southern's in winter weather!

  • IzzMad2016 Sep 13, 2011

    Where in the article did it mention that the semi driver who caused the accident is from the north? Considering the south is the land of the Nascar mentatality of "one more car length" I find it amusing that Rebelyell55 has made the assumption that someone from the north is to blame.

  • luv2surffish2 Sep 13, 2011

    how bout horse and buggy.. giddyup

  • 6869735 Sep 13, 2011

    "Yep, if we could get those no driving yankees to go back home, slow the trucks down, ban cell phone use while driving, it may get a little safer, but the fact is you'll still have us who don't know how to drive.
    Rebelyell55

    NO driving Yankees? What does that mean? Everything else is correct! Yankeeyell50

  • Rebelyell55 Sep 13, 2011

    Yep, if we could get those no driving yankees to go back home, slow the trucks down, ban cell phone use while driving, it may get a little safer, but the fact is you'll still have us who don't know how to drive.

  • soxalways Sep 13, 2011

    We need more cops patroling these roads. I travel on the highway everyday and we have more people texting and driving erratically and they do not have a care in the world about the other drivers. I never see any cops unless it is a holiday weekend or the end of the month. Enough people have been hurt and killed on these roads and action needs to be taken.

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