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Spilled gravel causes tie-up on I-40

Posted November 19, 2010

— A truck dumped a load of gravel on Interstate 40 near Raleigh-Durham International Airport on Friday morning, causing a traffic tie-up for a couple of hours, authorities said.

The gravel spilled shortly after 10 a.m. just east of Aviation Parkway, forcing state Department of Transportation crews to close all four westbound lanes of I-40 as they swept up the debris, said Sgt. Jorge Brewer of the state Highway Patrol.

No damage or injuries were reported because of the gravel, Brewer said.

All lanes were reopened by noon.

The truck that spilled the gravel left the scene and hadn't been located by Friday afternoon, Brewer said. Troopers also hadn't found any witnesses to assist in the investigation, he said.


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  • Mugu Nov 24, 2010

    Why do we let these dump truck ignore the law, we should be charging these guys with criminal damage to property when they dump their loads all over cars on the freeway and cause damage.

    We should get a new law that states that that they need a sign on the back of their truck with their company name, phone number and truck number.

    If they spill loads on our cars, we can call them and file a claim with their insurance company.

  • timbo10.0 Nov 19, 2010

    There's a quarry next to I-40 at the Harrison Ave. exit. I saw a trooper there inspecting dump trucks as they going/leaving the quarry last summer.

    I think they should have a trooper permanently stationed there, given the shape of some of the trucks.

  • areadriver Nov 19, 2010

    Dump trucks as most trucks have the license plate on the front bumper so it can been seen when passing through the scales. If it was on the back they couldn't see it. Solution- give trucks (2) plates, one for the front, one for the back, like most of the other states in this country.

  • Truth Time Nov 19, 2010

    Arthur, you might want to dial *hp and let them know

  • Frank Downtown Nov 19, 2010

    Firstly, this happened at about 9:40. The truck had pulled over to the shoulder and an SUV had pulled over, too.

  • Melchizedek Nov 19, 2010


    Gooolllley sorry Sarge!!!

  • SaltlifeLady Nov 19, 2010

    I saw an SHP pulling a gravel truck on I-40 E in Clayton about 1pm. Wonder if that was it??

  • DougWare.NET Nov 19, 2010


    You should see the number of dump trucks on 540 near the airport. Every morning, there are 8 or 9 dump trucks on the road in the 9 miles of 540 I have to drive.

    My car went from excellent shape to many chips and I'm on my second windshield (which I've patched three times) in the past year.

    3/4 of these dump trucks have NO license plate, and 1/3 have no company name on the side.

  • Mugu Nov 19, 2010

    These dump truck drivers have no regard for the public and are always spewing gravel all over cars putting dents, scratches and cracking windshields everywhere.

    They need more accountability for their actions and should be criminally and civilly liable for their loads damaging property.

  • godnessgracious Nov 19, 2010

    If everybody grabs a shovel we can get this cleaned up a lot faster.