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80 Cars Involved in N.C. Accidents

May 31, 2006

HILLSBOROUGH, N.C. (AP) _ Torrential rain and heavy traffic contributed to a series of wrecks involving about 80 cars during Wednesday morning’s rush hour, officials said.

Thirty-four people were injured, including one in serious condition, said Highway Patrol Lt. Everett Clendenin.

In all, there were 44 collisions along a five-mile stretch of Interstate 40, about 40 miles west of Raleigh.

The accidents started at about 7:30 a.m. when a minivan struck a stopped Greyhound bus. The driver of the van was hospitalized but his condition wasn’t immediately known, Clendenin said. There was no immediate word if any passengers were injured.

The highway reopened by late morning, troopers reported.

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