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Tractor-trailer wreck slows I-540 traffic in Raleigh

Posted December 14, 2011

— A tractor-trailer wreck on Interstate 540 at Louisburg Road in Raleigh slowed traffic to a crawl Wednesday night, Raleigh police said.

The 18-wheel double decker truck, transporting two decks of cars, crashed around 6:30 p.m. and became lodged under an overpass for nearly three hours. One of the cars on the truck fell off and crashed down into some nearby trees. 

Two out of three eastbound lanes of traffic remained closed as of 11 p.m. and vehicles were being detoured to exit 18.

It wasn't clear what caused the wreck.


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  • fordtruckgirl Dec 19, 2011

    Hope someone got the plate # of the car! She cut off the truck driver who swerved to miss her.
    Glad some of you are getting a good chuckle about asking if the trees & bridge are okay but the
    truck driver could have gotten killed! Thank goodness he had great driving skills to keep that rig
    from turning over. My question is: How did the driver of the car NOT see this big truck wreck right
    behind her? A big thank you to the witness that stopped to see if the truck driver was okay! What is
    this world coming to?

  • jenbocock Dec 16, 2011

    the truck was not lodged under the overpass, just past the exit it went between the guard rail & the concrete that runs up the side of the overpass & the front of the truck was barely hanging over the edge just a couple of feet off the ground!!!!! The truck was not too tall, the police officer said they have witnesses that a car pulled in front of him & he swerved not to hit the car! The car kept going!!!
    Took 3 hours to clear the scene!

  • Fireflies Rock Dec 15, 2011

    It sounds to me from the story that it crashed because it couldn't fit under the bridge - why else would it be "lodged under the overpass"? Isn't this what caused the wreck - trying to fit a double-decker truck in a bridge not built tall enough for it to fit under?

  • wownow Dec 15, 2011

    I think all the people are fine. They would have said something if someone was injured. Poor cars.

    "I want to know if the trees are ok." ----- I am sure the trees are fine. :)

  • solarflare40 Dec 15, 2011

    "I would like to know if the bridge has been checked out and approved as safe. How can I get that information?"

    I talked to the bridge this morning, and it said it felt very safe now. Now we can all breathe a big sigh of relief!

  • RomneyRyan2012 Dec 15, 2011

    Does anyone on here care about the people involved?? I hope they are ok...

  • RomneyRyan2012 Dec 15, 2011

    That's the 2nd acident in that area in 2 weeks. I saw a terrible one that I still don't know how the driver survived. Slow down, stop texting, pay attention, and look before you cross into the other lanes--AND USE YOUR TURN SIGNALS!!!!!

  • jenbocock Dec 15, 2011

    DOT was out there last night & fixed the guard rail so to speak, they will have to do more repairs to guard rail but the bridge itself was perfectly safe!

  • dsroyston Dec 15, 2011

    I want to know if the trees are ok.

  • Chairman of the Bored Dec 15, 2011

    "I would like to know if the bridge has been checked out and approved as safe. How can I get that information?"

    Nah, I'm sure the rescue workers and the police just got the truck unstuck and everyone just went home with any thought of that.