Twenty-five injured in I-40 collisions in Alamance County; 134 vehicles damaged

Posted March 13, 2016
Updated March 14, 2016

— More than 130 vehicles were involved in numerous wrecks on both westbound and eastbound Interstate 40 in Alamance County Sunday night, according to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

The first incident, which involved about 25 vehicles, happened on eastbound I-40 near the Jimmie Kerr Road overpass. A Highway Patrol spokesman said wet roads, fog and speed were all factors in four collisions on eastbound I-40.

As emergency crews worked to clear eastbound lanes, drivers headed west began to reduce speed, leading to several other collisions over a four-mile portion of I-40 West, troopers said.

In total, 134 vehicles were damaged and 25 people were taken to Alamance Regional Medical Center.

Troopers from Alamance, Guilford and Orange counties, along with the Alamance County Sheriff's Department, Graham Police Department and Mebane Police Department all responded to the area following the crashes.

Westbound travel lanes of I-40 were reopened at about 10:30 p.m.


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  • Johnathan Gault Mar 14, 2016
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    You know if you want to dance with Darwin, do not take innocents with you. I want to know if a DA will have the courage to charge someone with vehicular homicide, the day someone texting, kills another person on the highway? Anyone in LE care to comment on your knowledge in this area?

  • Russ Bullock Mar 14, 2016
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    I think the problem last night was water on the roadway and people not slowing down. Regardless of the type of car or tires you have, 1/4" of water will lift a car going 80 mph.

  • Russ Bullock Mar 14, 2016
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    Drivers today seem to think they are indestructible, or maybe they were not taught well to start with. I was eastbound on I-40 around 6 o-clock last night when traffic came to a stop in Burlington. I'm glad I diverted to back roads. I had no idea this mess was many miles long.

    I had just followed a Guilford Co. deputy at 75 mph and some cars were passing him. Obviously the 65 mph limit is just a suggestion on that stretch of I-40.

    I think it should be posted at 75 mph in the left 2 lanes, but that limit should be enforced! I see cars going 90+ sometimes when "Johnny Law" is no where around.

  • Janet Ghumri Mar 14, 2016
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    When will people learn to leave their phones alone while on the roads? It makes me sick to see how distracted some people are, and lots of times with children in the car, too. So sad, but a lot of it could be avoided

  • Scott Householder Mar 14, 2016
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    Oh- and the thing about emergency four-way flashers....they are for EMERGENCIES, NOT because YOU don't know how to drive in the rain.

  • Scott Householder Mar 14, 2016
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    @ Rececca - YESSS!!!! It IS NOT that difficult! And to those that drive below the posted speed limit in the left lane, you should be BANNED from driving on the Interstate completely!

  • Thomas Fenske Mar 14, 2016
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    It was a mess. Traffic spilled over to the side roads in Mebane. I imagine Graham was just as bad if not worse.

  • Shandy Scott Mar 14, 2016
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    Was on this very stretch three hours earlier. It is a miracle we do not read about this everyday do to the many drivers tailgating, speeding, and texting.

  • Susan Petry Mar 14, 2016
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    son called her to tell her that they forgot to pray-means she was talking on her phone at the time of the crash.

  • Rhonda Arthur Mar 13, 2016
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    Driving too fast and too close.