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Wet Weather Causes Numerous Accidents in Triangle Area

Posted March 16, 2007 4:29 p.m. EDT

— Wet weather was to blame for tying up traffic across the Triangle Friday.

The North Carolina Highway Patrol said troopers responded to more than 85 collisions as of Friday afternoon, including multiple accidents along Interstate 40 in Wake County.

One on eastbound I-40 at about 2 p.m. backed up traffic for several miles. Another accident near the Wade Avenue exit on Interstate 440 slowed traffic on both sides of the road -- one side to clear the accident and the other side for emergency vehicles to respond.

A multiple-vehicle accident occurred in Cary at about 4 p.m., causing the southbound lanes of the Southwest Cary Parkway at West Chatham Street to close. It was not immediately clear, however, if rain was to blame for that accident.

Along U.S. Highway 64 earlier in the day, there were also several accidents.

"Our automobile just started doing a (360-degree turn), and we came across the highway doing a complete circle, came off the road and hit a guardrail fence," said motorist Dan Piner. "And that's probably what saved our lives."

Piner said he was driving westbound on 64 from Zebulon to Raleigh when this silver sport utility vehicle skidded and hit the back of his vehicle. His SUV came to rest on the left side of the highway. The other SUV ran off the right side.

There were no immediate reports of any serious injuries as a result of the accident, the Highway Patrol said. Raleigh police have no official numbers but said Friday afternoon that officers have responded to "dozens" of wrecks as well.