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Bread truck, UPS truck wreck on I-40

A wreck involving two tractor-trailers blocked traffic along Interstate 40 westbound Wednesday night, the Highway Patrol said.

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A fiery wreck involving two tractor-trailers shut down both sides of Interstate 40 in Orange County Wednesday night, according to the state Highway Patrol.

State troopers said that a UPS truck came up behind a bread truck that was going slower in the far right lane of I-40 West, near mile marker 268, around 8:45 p.m.

The UPS truck driver – Steven Pavel, 49, of Fayetteville – tried to swerve to the left, but hit the rear of the bread truck, troopers said. The UPS truck ran off the road, struck the guardrail in the median and caught fire.

Pavel suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was taken to Duke University Medical Center. The bread truck driver – William Silver, 60, of Rocky Mount – was not injured.

Troopers charged Pavel with failing to reduce speed to avoid colliding with a vehicle.

The rear tail lights of the bread truck weren't working, so Silver was cited for improper equipment, troopers said.

Both sides of the interstate, between N.C. Highway 86 and U.S. Highway 15-501, were shut down for about 45 minutes. Troopers had reopened one lane on each side by 11 p.m., but traffic continued to creep along.

The interstate has been reopened.


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