Car fire cleared, traffic moving again on I-40

Posted June 1, 2012

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— A car fire shut down Interstate 40 westbound through Raleigh Friday afternoon, causing backups for miles and prompting the North Carolina Department of Transportation to recommend a 16-mile detour.

The fire happened at about 6:30 p.m. near Exit 299, Hammond Road. All lanes were closed for almost an hour, and traffic was flowing smoothly again by 8:30 p.m.

Troopers said no one was seriously injured.


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