Massive Pile Up on Interstate 40 in Raleigh, North Carolina
RALEIGH, N.C. — Seven people reportedly sustained injuries in a 30-vehicle pile-up on Interstate 40 in Raleigh, North Carolina. According to a report filed by ABC 11, authorities were forced to close the interstate for many hours as crews worked to clear the area. The crash happened in a construction zone at the height of a mighty rainstorm that pounded the Raleigh area with rain falling at a rate of 3 inches per hour. The troopers from the North Carolina State Patrol are still investigating but preliminarily have blamed the crash on poor drainage in the construction area. *
The preliminary reports from law enforcement investigators say that excessive rainfall coupled with poor drainage caused a car to hydroplane in the construction zone on I-40 near Jones Sausage Road that started the chain reaction crash. Additional vehicles began crashing into other vehicles as drivers tried in vain to avoid a collision but could not because their cars hydroplaned or had nowhere to maneuver because so-called Jersey barriers in the construction zone prevented the use of the left lane and shoulder. Therefore, the motorists had nowhere to go. Ultimately seven people went to the hospital with injuries described by police as minor.
A meteorologist with ABC 11 said that rainfall rates were around three inches per hour at the time of the crash. Additionally, ABC 11 reported that poor drainage in the construction area prevented draining of the ponding rainwater.
A spokesperson with the North Carolina Department of Transportation contested the State Patrol’s preliminary conclusion as well as ABC 11’s report about poor drainage in the area of the crash. The spokesman said that his agency would investigate the alleged drainage problem in the area. The spokesman said that leaving enough distance between cars and slowing down might have avoided the pile-up.
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