Tractor-trailer flips, spills 30,000 lbs of pipe and closing part of I-40 in Durham

Durham County News

DURHAM, N.C. (WNCN) — A tractor-trailer crashed, spilling its entire load of PVC pipe along Interstate 40 in Durham County Saturday evening, officials say.

The wreck was reported around 6:35 p.m. in the westbound lanes of I-40 near mile Marker 270, which is the exit for U.S. 15/501 in Durham.

Images from a North Carolina Department of Transportation camera showed a tractor-trailer on its side with a large amount of debris spilled along and beside the highway. Durham police said the spilled load was 30,000 pounds of PVC pipe.

Officials initially said two of three lanes were closed in the area. However, just before 7 p.m., all westbound lanes were closed.

According to NCDOT cameras, traffic was backed up nearly three miles to exit 273.

Durham police said the truck driver suffered minor injuries. No other vehicles were involved in the wreck, which police said happened when the truck was going too fast for a ramp and flipped.

The NCDOT said earlier the highway should be clear by 9 p.m. but as of that time the truck was still in place along with most of the wreckage. By 10:30 p.m., the truck was cleared away but much of the piping was still along the highway.

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