Trucker charged in I-40 crash

Both east and westbound lanes of Interstate 40 were backed up for almost an hour Friday after a car lost control and crashed under a bridge.
June 22, 2012 2:09:33 PM PDT
Both east and westbound lanes of Interstate 40 were backed up for almost an hour Friday morning after a car lost control and crashed under a bridge.

It happened around 10 a.m., just before the Harrison Avenue overpass in Cary.

Authorities said a tractor-trailer was trying to change lanes, when it rear-ended a 1995 Saturn.

The car lost control, went across three lanes of traffic, and hit a guardrail. The Saturn finally came to a rest up against a bridge support.

The driver of the car, 61-year-old Bruce Melkowits, of Chapel Hill, was transported to WakeMed. He was last listed in fair condition.

Martinez Louis of Conklin Michigan, the driver of the 18-wheeler, was charged with failure to reduce speed to avoid colliding with another vehicle.

Traffic flow in both directions of I-40 was back to normal by 11 a.m.

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