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Truck driver killed after wreck on Rocky Mount bridge

Posted June 10, 2013
Updated June 19, 2013

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— A truck driver died Monday after his rig overturned on a Rocky Mount bridge and sent the cab into a rain-swollen creek, fire department officials confirmed. 

The tractor-trailer, which was hauling building materials, was involved in a crash with an automobile on U.S. Highway 301 Bypass south of U.S. Highway 64 at about 1:40 p.m., police said.

The truck's cab went over the bridge and plunged into Stoney Creek, while the trailer remained perched on the bridge's rail.

The Rocky Mount Fire Department's swift-water rescue team responded but was unable to rescue the driver, police said. The water in Stoney Creek was moving too fast to attempt any recovery efforts Monday, they said.

A crane was brought in and pulled the truck from the water at about 10:30 p.m., police said.

David Warren Stone's body was still in the cab, they said.

Stone, 71, of Rocky Mount, was a veteran trucker, family members said.

"He was a real quiet man. He loved to play guitar and sing," Stone's brother-in-law, Mack Shearin, said as he choked back tears.

Rocky Mount truck crash Crane used to pull truck from Nash creek

Estes Express Lines, Stone's employer, released a statement Tuesday morning expressing sympathy for his family. The company said it is working with local and state police to learn more about the wreck. 

Shearin said witnesses told him that some type of vehicle pulled in front of Stone's truck, causing him to lose control and go off the bridge.

Police said the crash remains under investigation.

Northbound lanes of U.S. 301 Bypass were closed Monday, but one lane reopened Tuesday. State Department of Transportation officials said the other lane would remain closed until July 9 so engineers can inspect the bridge and make needed repairs.


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  • Live Action Jun 13, 2013

    The accident report is public knowledge and can be picked up at the Rocky Mount police station for a small fee. The white ford ranger belongs to a daughter of retired state trooper Eddie Thomas of Rocky Mount. This is not saying who was actually involved in the accident though. You can do the rest of research yourself. Not sure whats taking so long for this info to be released though. Bad situation on both sides.

  • DaddysAngel27 Jun 12, 2013

    halfpint1552- I am in 100% agreement with you. They know who the driver of the pick up truck is. We been just anxiously waiting to hear the outcome. It's so heart wrenching. But, we know that David would have done what it took to save the life of another even if it meant risking his own life. That is the kind of man he was. He always put others before himself.

  • halfpint1552 Jun 12, 2013

    The driver who made him lose control and go off that bridge needs to be charged. He basically sacrificed himself to save the people who cut in front of him. I hope they are found and that the person responsible is stricken with grief. RIP Mr Stone.

  • DaddysAngel27 Jun 11, 2013

    They need to release the name of the driver of the ford pick up truck. We as the public have the right to know. Investigation or not this needs to be released. Not knowing is causing more pain for us as his friends/co-workers/family.

  • greg69innc Jun 11, 2013

    David certainly left a legacy behind for his family and my prayers and thoughts are with this family of this great man.

  • If the shoe fits.... Jun 11, 2013

    This is upsetting. I'd like to know more about what happened. Not knowing, I do want to say that drivers need to be more respectful of trucks which cannot maneuver on a dime.

  • DaisyMae Jun 11, 2013

    Very heartbreaking. Prayers going up for the family. RIP Mr. Stone.

  • meezie01 Jun 11, 2013

    When I read it, did it tooo fast, to realize it was on Hwy301 in Rocky Mount. Still upset for the Driver,family..etc..

  • pingmanreturns Jun 11, 2013

    C Shearin, my thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • meezie01 Jun 11, 2013

    I am SO SORRY for the Driver, his family, and his ESTES friends...
    GOD is watching over him......I remember the bridge have a terrible when the Creek are sooo fast, and it gets to the point that the water starts to get over on roads...When I worked for Thurston Motor Lines, on exit 173 (on NE I-95) and the only way we could to talk to drivers on CB. Now glad drivers as cellphone (yes they have it without having to type on my lap/keyboard)
    again, VERY SORRY again