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Another Wreck Involving Peanut Truck Shuts Down Section Of Interstate

Posted March 27, 2004 9:27 a.m. EST

— For the second time in three days, an accident involving a peanut truck closed down a portion of highway for several hours.

The latest happened at 5:43 a.m. Saturday on I-85 South in Durham between Highway 70 and Avondale. The interstate was shut down for almost nine hours.

According to police, James McGregor, 31, was driving a tractor-trailer loaded with peanuts. He drove through an area where traffic shifts, lost control of his truck, ran off the road and into a construction area.

The truck flipped and landed on its side.

All southbound lanes of 85 were closed from the time of the accident until 7a.m. The truck was unloaded between 7 a.m. and noon, at which time one southbound lane was reopened.

All southbound lanes were closed again between noon and 2:30 p.m. while the truck was righted. All lanes reopened around 2:30 p.m.

McGregor was charged with careless-and-reckless driving. There were no injuries.

Last Thursday,

traffic along a stretch of Highway 64 in Knightdale was closed for more than four hours

after a tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of peanuts was involved in an accident.