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Fire, wreck disrupt traffic on I-540, U.S. 64

Posted June 8, 2011 6:40 a.m. EDT
Updated June 8, 2011 12:32 p.m. EDT

— A tractor-trailer fire and a wreck involving a motorcycle injured three people and tied up traffic along U.S. Highway 64 in Chatham County and Interstate 540 in Raleigh Wednesday morning.

A tractor-trailer rear-ended a dump truck on U.S. 64 East around 5:45 a.m., knocking both vehicles off the right side of the road, state troopers said. The tractor-trailer then caught on fire.

Both drivers were injured, troopers said. One was transported to WakeMed in Raleigh, and one to UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

What caused the tractor-trailer to rear-end the dump truck isn't clear, but troopers said they expect to file charges after the investigation is complete.

Crews assessed the wreck scene as a hazardous-materials situation. Authorities shut down eastbound lanes of U.S. 64, near N.C. Highway 751, for about three hours. 

One person was injured in the wreck involving a motorcycle on I-540 West, near Capital Boulevard in Raleigh, around 7 a.m., troopers said.

Two lanes of I-540 West were closed, backing up traffic to Buffaloe Road at one point.