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Wreck, spilled flooring close N.C. 55 near I-40

Posted February 17, 2010

— Part of N.C. Highway 55 was closed Wednesday morning after a wreck left the area covered in hardwood flooring, police said.

The wreck occurred at about 8:40 a.m. near the entrance ramp to Interstate 40. A tractor-trailer and a 22-foot box truck collided, and the box truck overturned, spilling its load of flooring on the highway, police said.

At least one person was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment of injuries that police said didn't appear to be life-threatening.

N.C. 55 was closed until shortly after 11 a.m.


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  • mike honcho Feb 17, 2010

    hwy 55 smells of rich mahogony, and many leather bound books.

  • garnertoy Feb 17, 2010

    use the flooring for pot holes lol

  • a change of heart Feb 17, 2010

    Flooring, so that's what it was. I saw this around 8:45 on my way to work, and it looked like pieces of lumber in the road. It was right at the on-ramp for I-40 East and was blocking that left turn onto 40. From a distance it looked like the 18-wheeler had maybe jack-knifed; then up close you could see the smaller, overturned truck.

  • Squidbert Feb 17, 2010

    The driver of the box truck must have floored it.

  • donnied1952 Feb 17, 2010

    And I just bought 8 boxes of flooring yesterday. Dang, I could have waited one more day.

  • DowntownGirl Feb 17, 2010

    I need new flooring. Wish I had a pick-up! I'd make a quick run over there to "help."