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Wreck Snarls Traffic on Interstate 40 in Orange County

An accident on Interstate 40 in Orange County caused a traffic jam that stretched for more than 9 miles on Friday.

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Orange County Accident
DURHAM, N.C. — An accident caused a long traffic jam on Interstate 40 in Orange County during rush hour Friday night.

Police said that the back-up stretched for more than 9 miles at one point. Traffic video showed the congestion going back to the junction of I-40 and U.S. 15-501.

Heather Poole, 36, was traveling eastbound on I-40 when she lost control of the vehicle around 5:45 pm, said officers.

Her vehicle traveled into the median, crashed through the cable barrier and was struck head-on by a semi-truck, officers said.

Police closed one westbound land and one eastbound lane for around an hour.

Poole was airlifted to UNC Hospitals, where she was in good condition early Saturday morning, according to police.

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