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FedEx truck, EMS vehicle and tractor trailer crash on I-40 in Raleigh

Posted September 1, 2020 5:24 a.m. EDT
Updated September 1, 2020 10:36 a.m. EDT

— Wet roads caused a chain reaction crash involving a Cary EMS vehicle, a tractor trailer, a tow truck and a FedEx truck on Interstate 40 East early Tuesday morning.

The crash occurred around 1:15 a.m. near Lake Wheeler Road -- close to the scene of another crash involving a hydroplaning car and a tractor trailer. The road reopened by 7:15 a.m.

FedEx truck involved in chain reaction crash on I-40

According to the Raleigh Police Department, the driver of a Panera truck hydroplaned and the tractor trailer turned on its side.

As a wrecker operator was working to get the tractor trailer upright, the wrecker was hit by a FedEx truck, which jack-knifed and subsequently hit the ambulance. There were no injuries, and officials did not say charges would be filed.

Tires and other debris covered the road.

At 5 a.m., three of four lanes were still closed. Traffic on I-40 East at Lake Wheeler Road was being rerouted to Gorman Street and then back onto Lake Wheeler Road. Drivers were asked to stay home so crews can perform water rescues and respond to crashes.

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