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Five-Car Crash Slows I-40 Traffic

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A five-car crash early Friday afternoon caused traffic delays on westbound Interstate 40 in Orange and Durham counties.

State Highway Patrol officers said that the accident occurred about 2:15 p.m. at mile-marker 263 near New Hope Church Rd. in Orange County. A driver speeding through traffic rear-ended another vehicle, which caused a chain reaction, said authorities.

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Only minor injuries were reported in the accident. The driver who initiated the crash was charged with exceeding safe speed in traffic and failure to reduce speed to avoid colliding with another vehicle.

Traffic was backed up for several miles to the Fayetteville Road exit in Durham County as emergency personnel cleared the wreck. As of 4:45 p.m., residual delays were still observed in the area.

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