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Westbound I-40 reopened after tractor-trailer overturns

Posted January 25, 2011
Updated January 26, 2011

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— All westbound Interstate 40 lanes near Wade Avenue in Raleigh were reopened around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday after a tractor-trailer wrecked in the median Tuesday night, police said.

Lee Roy Burton, 70, ran off the left side of the road, and the tires of his tanker truck sank into the soft ground, causing the tanker to overturn on the median guard rail, according to a Raleigh Police Department accident report.

Burton wasn't injured. The truck was removed from the highway around 6 a.m. Wednesday.

Officers said the slick road conditions might have played a role in the wreck. Investigators with the state Division of Motor Carrier Enforcement were reviewing the case to determine whether to file charges.


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  • Fuquay Resident Jan 26, 2011

    I saw this wreck when I was leaving work last night around 11:30, it looked pretty bad. They has all lanes of 40W shut down. I'm glad I was headed east.

  • peppercorns Jan 26, 2011

    I'd rather drive with a thousand truckers then a hundred soccer/pta moms, or fifty folks going to cash their welfare checks, or twenty johnston county high school students.

  • amandajeanda Jan 26, 2011

    I hope charges will be filed. I was hit by a tractor and trailer years ago and the driver was 80. I'm all for our seniors being able to make a living but if they demostrate that they are not up to the task of driving an 18 wheeler they need to be taken off the road!!! These trucks are deadly and can kill. There is very little room for error driving these big rigs.

  • Slapshot Jan 26, 2011

    Good job to Barbours in a quick clean up before heavy rush hour traffic. ECT