I-85 open after cleanup

Posted May 30, 2008

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— Southbound Interstate 85 was closed most of the day Friday as crews worked to clear debris from a morning tractor-trailer accident.

The wreck occurred near the I-85 interchange at East Club Boulevard in Durham before 9 a.m. when a truck went off the right side of the road. The rig's cab ended up on the highway shoulder, while the trailer was part way down an embankment.

Some fuel spilled on the shoulder and in the right lane of the highway.

Drivers were forced to exit I-85 at Glenn School Road or Red Mill Road.

Authorities said the highway was closed until about 4:30 p.m.


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  • YeahWhatever May 30, 2008

    We MUST get over this small-town, small-state attitude. You can't mess around with traffic in this state anymore.

    Georgia and Texas do it right. They get bulldozers out there if need be and push the mess off the road. Too bad, so sad for the truck driver - hope your cargo insurance is up to date.

    This is as opposed to times I've watched trucks being hand unloaded into another one before they moved the trailer.

    No way 10s of thousands of people should be held up for that long.

  • eddielee May 30, 2008

    I drove through there around 3:30 today and traffic was backed up for miles....really..why does it take over 6 hours to upright a tractor trailer...sweep up the mess...and get traffic moving again?

  • Stephen May 30, 2008

    Fortunately, this wasn't your typical I-85 major tractor-trailer incident. Typically, so it seems, the truck is carrying BBs, toothpicks, sugar cubes, or some other tiny object that must be picked up one by one.

  • bs101fly May 30, 2008

    they expect it to re-open around 4pm.

    Which really means midnight!!!

  • HappyGirl08 May 30, 2008

    How terrible.

  • Air Biscuit May 30, 2008

    Awww, okay.

    I'm wrong...slap me with a fish...nannie nannie boo boo stick my head in doo doo.

  • fisherman2 May 30, 2008

    Air bicuit stop and catch your breath and go back to sleep

  • CaptainSpleen May 30, 2008

    "Semi" in this sense is short for "semitrailer", a trailer that's half-supported by its own wheels, and half-supported by the towing vehicle. "Semi" in the sense you describe is a prefix that would need to be attached to the other word in question. WRAL makes plenty of errors on these pages, but this isn't one of them.

  • Air Biscuit May 30, 2008

    I know I'm being a pud, but the headline hints that it was a "sort of" wreck: "semi wreck"...."semi" means "almost" or "sort of"

    It should have read "tractor trailer wreck.