Wreck Snarls Afternoon Traffic On I-40

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RALEIGH, N.C. — A three-vehicle accident on a rain-slickened Interstate 40 shut down three eastbound lanes and caused traffic to back up for miles.

The accident occurred near the Aviation Parkway exit on I-40 at about 2:20 p.m. The three left lanes were shut down so emergency vehicles and tow trucks could access the scene.


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By 3:30 p.m., eastbound traffic was backed up to Davis Drive, authorities said. Westbound traffic was slowed by onlooker delays.

The vehicles were cleared from the highway before 4 p.m., but lengthy delays continued through the evening rush hour.

There was no word on any injuries.

It was the second wreck on I-40 Tuesday that caused heavy delays.

A car headed the wrong way on I-40 at about 2:40 a.m. collided head-on with another car, killing both drivers, police said.

An eastbound Oldsmobile driven by Glenda James, 47, of Kannapolis, collided with a westbound Saturn driven by Stephen Schmits, 25, of Cary, on westbound I-40 between the N.C. Highway 55 and Fayetteville Road exits in Durham County.

Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident shut down all westbound lanes for more than five hours, causing extensive delays during the morning rush hour, police said. Westbound I-40 was reopened at 8:15 a.m.

Both accidents are under investigation.

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