Car fire cleared, traffic moving again on I-40

Posted June 1, 2012 7:38 p.m. EDT
Updated June 1, 2012 8:34 p.m. EDT

— A car fire shut down Interstate 40 westbound through Raleigh Friday afternoon, causing backups for miles and prompting the North Carolina Department of Transportation to recommend a 16-mile detour.

The fire happened at about 6:30 p.m. near Exit 299, Hammond Road. All lanes were closed for almost an hour, and traffic was flowing smoothly again by 8:30 p.m.

Troopers said no one was seriously injured.