Ramp, lanes cleared in east Raleigh

The ramp at Interstate 440 West to U.S. Highway 264 East reopened to traffic just after 3 p.m. Monday.

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The ramp at Interstate 440 West to U.S. Highway 264 East was shut down during the morning rush hour Monday when a tanker truck overturned there shortly after 5 a.m., according to Raleigh police.

It took most of the day to transfer the truck's payload – 48,000 pounds of food product that is used in waste water treatment – to another truck and to clear the wreck.

All lanes and the ramp re-opened just after 3 p.m., Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.

The truck driver, Timothy Abernethy with Environmental Operation Solutions of Lexington, was taken to WakeMed with serious injuries, according to authorities. He was listed in good condition as of 9:15 a.m., according to hospital officials.

A Raleigh police vehicle, which was parked at the scene to help re-route traffic, was hit by a car, according to police. The officer appeared to be OK.
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