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Hazmat situation causes delays on I-95 near Fayetteville

Posted June 10, 2011

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— A hazmat situation caused a backup on the northbound lanes of Interstate 95 outside Fayetteville on Friday morning.

A tractor-trailer overturned just after 9 a.m. as it was merging onto the interstate from N.C. Highway 87.

Troopers said the truck had just left the Smithfield Packing plant and was hauling 91,000 pounds of meat products. The driver, Paris Fleurant, 30, of Raleigh, was taken to a nearby hospital with minor injuries.

One lane was closed as crews cleaned up a small amount of fuel that spilled, in addition to some liquid from the refrigerator that the meat was stored in. 

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  • fayncmike Jun 10, 2011

    "Any time a truck overturns it’s considered a hazardous situation because of the fuel they carry. The Hazmat team was called in for the diesel that the truck spilled or possibly spilled."

    Yes but people would have had to actually READ the story to know that, wouldn't they?

  • dsalter Jun 10, 2011

    If he had 91,000 lbs. he had to be substantially overweight, since the gross is 80,000 tractor..trailer and all. Yeah, there is fuel in the tanks....and in the refer unit. Otherwise, unless it's some type of pork by products hauled on a bulk tanker, it's got to be frozen pork...like chops and ham. I'm sorry it happened, and hope he's okay, but that's a pretty safe interchange the way it's designed.

  • Tug Boat II Jun 10, 2011

    Any time a truck overturns it’s considered a hazardous situation because of the fuel they carry. The Hazmat team was called in for the diesel that the truck spilled or possibly spilled.

  • foxhunter Jun 10, 2011

    really that's all you could come up with?

  • bigal02282 Jun 10, 2011

    I can believe that whatever comes out of the Smithfield packing plant could be considered hazardous. If there was truth in advertising, there would be a sign in every grocery store meat department with a biohazard label. It's kinda like the Japanese nuclear plant problem, except Smithfield hires folks that speak a foreign language to handle their messes inside the plant. Unfortunately, they let em out in public after their shift is over.