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Traffic moving again on I-40 West after motorcycle wreck

Posted May 12, 2009

— Traffic is moving again on westbound Interstate 40 at Harrison Avenue in Cary after a wreck involving a motorcycle, a vehicle and a tractor-trailer.

The crash happened just before 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.

One person was seriously injured and transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital, said Capt. Everett Clendenin of the state Highway Patrol.

For nearly an hour, all westbound lanes of I-40 were closed and traffic backed up to the Wake Avenue exit. The wreck also affected eastbound traffic. All lanes reopened just after 5 p.m.

The Highway Patrol shifted RBC traffic for vehicles coming from Durham onto I-70 east, and for drivers from Raleigh onto Glenwood Avenue and Edwards Mill Road. For people traveling from Research Triangle Park, they were advised to take Highway 54 to Trinity Road, or to Blue Ridge Road.

It was unknown what caused the crash and the investigation is on going.


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  • dsms6556us May 13, 2009

    I read on the wtvd.com(abclocal 11 news) that the motorcyclist died last night around 8pm at the hopsital and he was Fort Bragg Soldier. There were some comments made that the Mans name was Harold Boyd. I don't think wral has reported this yet. It came in at 7am this morning on abclocal 11news.

  • showed up late May 13, 2009

    Eastbound traffic was backed up all the way past the Durham Freeway at 445pm.

  • kikinc May 12, 2009

    This just proves to me that I need to start checking traffic before I leave work. My 30 minute drive just took me an hour and a half!

  • wat63 May 12, 2009

    I got caught in the east bound traffic for an hour...and for what...RUBBERNECKERS!! What, do you WANT to see a an injured person or worse?! Unreal!

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  • FoxtrotUniformCharlieKiloakaCALM May 12, 2009

    How long til the tractor trailer is blamed? It was probably the car and someone on the cell phone getting soooooo mad that someone was only going 5 over, oh the audacity of them! See, this is what happens when people get impatient. No matter who's fault it was, it was probably someone getting all in a tissy because they weren't going fast enough. Now look at how long its going to take you. And while everyone is affected by it hopefully every one will think twice before tailgating or speeding or doing whatever road rage act people love to do on these highways. Is it worth it to save probably what... 5 minutes?

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  • acuranut May 12, 2009

    would someone please make sure the wrecker operators who cleaned up this mess dont make any money? and while you're at it, clock everyone else out, too.