Second I-40 rockslide occurs near NC/Tenn. border

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Interstate 40 rockslide at mile marker 7 (NCDOT)

Another rockslide occurred Friday on a closed section of westbound Interstate 40 in Western North Carolina.

The slide occurred around noon at mile marker 7, NCDOT officials said.

Westbound traffic has been closed at Exit 20 since Tuesday, when a rockslide occurred about a mile west of the North Carolina-Tennessee border.

NCDOT officials said they are assessing the damage to determine when the westbound lanes will reopen. The eastbound lanes are still open.

The slide only affects traffic heading to Tennessee. Those wanting to go to many popular Western North Carolina destinations can still travel on I-40, NCDOT officials said.

The primary detour route is to take I-240 west in Asheville to I-26 west, then take I-26 to I-81 south in Tennessee. Drivers will then connect back to I-40 in Tennessee.