New rockslide on I-40 in NC

Rockslide from Oct. 25, 2009

Rockslide from Oct. 25, 2009

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina Department of Transportation officials say a new rockslide in the closed section of Interstate 40 brought down 50 dump-truck-loads worth of rock.

The agency said Saturday in a release the rockslide occurred sometime overnight Friday. No one was injured. That highway section has been closed since the Oct. 25 rockslide.

The agency said a construction supervisor for the contractor working to reopen the interstate discovered it about 1 a.m. Saturday.

The new rockslide occurred about four miles east of the previous one, covering a 40-by-50 foot area. The largest rock in 500 cubic yards of it was the size of a sport utility vehicle.

Agency officials estimate cleanup will take several weeks. They still project the interstate to fully reopen in March.

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