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Truck Accident Slows Traffic on U.S. 85

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DURHAM — A southbound tractor trailer ran off theside of U.S. 85 early Saturday morning after hitting aconstruction barrier near Red Mill Road. The accident backed up traffic for hours.

N.C. Troopers said the accident was not caused by the road constructionbeing done in the area, but by the driver leaning over to tune his radio.

"They've got the decreased speed of 45 miles per hour in the constructionarea," said Trooper Jimmy Anderson. "A lot of them slow down, but most ofthem don't."

Officials said the concrete barrier was about the only thing that savedthe driver's life after his truck ran off the road and overturned.


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