RALEIGH — A driver was seriously hurt early Friday when his car went out of control on rain-slicked Interstate 40 and smashed into a state DOT truck parked on the shoulder to warn motorists that a state trooper was handling an earlier accident, the State Highway Patrol said.
The crash happened on the eastbound side of the highway near Aviation Parkway at about 12:40 a.m.
A trooper was at the scene of the first incident, in which a driver had gone off the road, and a pickup truck from the Department of Transportation’s Incident Management Assistance Patrol (IMAP) had parked to add its extra light display to warn drivers, the highway patrol said.
The second car, an Acura, apparently slid on the wet pavement and smashed sideways into the back of the IMAP truck, troopers said.
The driver, whose name was not immediately available, was taken to WakeMed Hospital in Raleigh, they said.