2 crashes block I-40 east lanes in Durham for nearly an hour

Durham County News

NC DOT image showing the traffic back up from the two wrecks.

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — Two wrecks in one area along Interstate 40 in Durham closed two eastbound lanes for nearly an hour Saturday afternoon near N.C. 55, officials said.

Both crashes were reported just after 4:20 p.m. and closed each outside lane in the eastbound portion of I-40, according to the North Carolina DOT.

The two center lanes of I-40 eastbound remained open, but traffic appeared to be backed up about three miles to N.C. 751, according to traffic cameras and DOT mapping data.

The lanes reopened around 5 p.m., but the shoulder was still closed. The shoulder reopened around 5:45 p.m.

There was no word what caused the crashes, but it was raining at the time.

NC DOT image

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