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Truck wreck snarls I-40 in Orange County

Posted October 2, 2008

— A truck crash on Interstate 40 eastbound in Orange County overnight snarled the morning rush hour as traffic backed up for miles.

The double-axle box truck ran off the right side of the road near mile marker 268 and down an embankment about 4:30 a.m., the Highway patrol reported.

The truck stopped behind a guardrail, troopers said.

The right lane of the two-lane eastbound highway was closed as emergency workers, wreckers and trucks for off-loading cargo gathered around the wrecked truck.

The driver received minor injuries, the patrol said.

Before 8 a.m., traffic cameras along I-40 showed cars and trucks backed up well into Orange County. Officials said it would take some time to reopen the right lane of the road.

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  • jmegirl Oct 2, 2008

    A coworker of mine who normally gets to work (near RTP) at 8:30 didn't get here until 11. She said she sat in one spot for over an hour without moving. Traffic must have been terrible.