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Wreck in Fortify work zone creates major delays on I-40

Posted March 25, 2014

A two-car wreck in the Fortify work zone southeast of downtown Raleigh was creating big delays on Interstate 40 West Tuesday morning.
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— A two-car wreck in the Fortify work zone southeast of downtown Raleigh created big delays on Interstate 40 West Tuesday morning. 

The wreck happened at about 7:15 a.m. where I-40 West merges with Interstate 440 West, near Sunnybrook Road. 

The cause of the wreck has not been released, but major delays were reported on I-40 West past U.S. Highway 70. 

The shoulder of I-440 West was blocked for more than an hour following the wreck. The shoulder was reopened at about 8:30 a.m.

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  • Whistling Dixie Mar 25, 2014

    Drivers in the triangle mimic the mindset of our nation. No respect, me first, and I'm entitled.
    And it all starts with the majority of people that are too lazy and don't care to use a turn signal. How hard is it to press down or up on that lever?

  • ckevinc Mar 25, 2014

    And take out your ear buds while driving, please! Or at least only wear them in one ear. While technically not illegal in NC, it's highly dangerous because it makes it much harder to hear emergency vehicles approaching, not to mention me laying into my horn when you drift into my lane. Buy an adapter kit to hook your phone/music player into your car stereo. They're not that expensive, your music will sound a lot better, and you'll be less of a hazard on the roadways!

  • Lightfoot3 Mar 25, 2014

    "The cause of the wreck has not been released" - article


    More than likely someone not looking before changing lanes, or not paying attention to the traffic in front of them. It's really simple to make it through. Don't text. Don't speed. Don't tailgate. Signal before lane changes. And most importantly, LOOK before lane changes (in mirrors AND turn your head to look in your blind spots).

  • SaveEnergyMan Mar 25, 2014

    I watched the merge camera this am when Brian was talking about it and saw lots of people swerving and merging into almost non-existent space with inches to spare. Sure enough, the next traffic break there's an accident.

    Maybe it would be better to reduce the I-40 east to 440 west folks to one lane and letting the I-40 west to 440 west folks have the right lane - like in the picture with the DOT truck blocking the right lane. It would be safer than the reckless merging I saw this morning.

    And just think, the rest of I-40 will look like this next year! Great...

  • EricaSliver Mar 25, 2014

    View quoted thread


    It's definitely confusing and messy...horrible bumps and lines all over the place so you can't tell which lane is which....awful!

  • savannahn8v Mar 25, 2014

    Let me guess.....someone decided they were too good to wait in line like the rest of us so they used the left lane to try and merge in at the last minute....

  • Neaven Armstrong Mar 25, 2014
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    The way they did this is confusing and messy!

  • EricaSliver Mar 25, 2014

    It's always a crazy commute in this area...gotta love the drivers that ride a half inch off your bumper even though there are hundreds of cars in front of you going the same speed....sigh....deep breath and crank up the classical music

  • bareftndncin Mar 25, 2014

    Drive your cars, people. I swear, I'm stuck in the jam that's made every single morning around Lake Wheeler to Gorman St., most of which come from people who will have 10 car lengths in front of them and continue to drive at 15mph because that's what the person next to them is doing. People then respond with super quick and jerky lane bouncing to try to utilize that space, causing swerving and unsafe conditions. If everyone would just keep at a good, steady, highway-appropriate pace, we wouldn't be having so many problems AND we'd all get to work faster.

  • Eq Videri Mar 25, 2014
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    Slow down, people. And stop tailgating.