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Concrete Slabs Spill Onto I-40 Slowing Traffic During Morning Commute

Posted May 10, 1999 7:00 a.m. EDT

— Workers in Durham have finished cleaning up an accident that made Tuesday morning's commute a nightmare for many drivers.

A cable snapped on a tractor trailer, scattering concrete slabs all over a section of Interstate 40 near the Fayetteville Street exit.

The accident happened around 7 a.m. and closed a section of the freeway, leaving traffic backed up for seven miles at one point.

The driver of the tractor trailer says the supports for his heavy load snapped. "I heard the braces break," driver Richard Hoss says. He says he looked up in the mirror and saw the load on the ground, skidding across the highway.

Authorities are just glad no one was hurt.

"Fortunately it did not hit any vehicles. Some motorists saw the slabs breaking and sliding off the trailer and they backed off," says Durham Police Officer Robert Young. "The concrete slabs fell off with no vehicles in the travel lane."

TheDivision of Motor Vehiclesis reviewing possible charges against the driver for not securing the load.