A North Carolina Highway Patrol trooper at the scene told ABC11 that despite two vehicles overturning near each on the shoulder of I-40 West at Jones Sausage Road in Raleigh around 6:30 a.m., the accidents were not related.
The first incident happened when a woman driving a SUV in the far right westbound lane saw traffic up ahead, slammed on her brakes and swerved to miss the vehicle in front of her. The maneuver caused her to lose control and flip over along the shoulder of the road.
Meanwhile, a man driving a white Chevrolet pick-up truck in the left lane encountered a similar situation and ended up upside down after losing control of his truck with construction equipment.
The truck damaged the median cable and destroyed a guardrail.
EMS crews transported the unidentified man to the hospital after he suffered a broken arm in the accident. The woman was not injured.
The incidents caused traffic in the westbound lanes to be backed up for miles for almost an hour.