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Log spill closes road in Johnston County

Posted May 20, 2014

— The intersection of N.C. Highway 96 and U.S. Highway 701 in Four Oaks was closed for several hours Tuesday after a load of logs spilled across the road.

The incident happened about 11 a.m. near Devils Racetrack Road. No injuries were reported.

State troopers said the log truck driver was trying to make a sharp turn right from U.S. 701 onto N.C. 96 but did not apply brakes. The trailer overturned, and the logs tumbled onto the asphalt.

The truck belongs to Richard Lucas trucking in Roseboro, which has the same address and phone number of Ricky Lucas Trucking, which was shut down in August.

Phone calls to the company Tuesday were unanswered.



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  • heard-it-all-before May 20, 2014

    "Everyone says, "Oh, they're tied down now better than ever before."
    Yeah, then why didn't that keep the logs on this rig then?"

    you said it yourself... the last time you saw something like this was years and years and years and years ago. maybe they are tied down better.

  • ncprr1 May 20, 2014

    These guys are some of the worst drivers on the roads...and that's saying something. Stay clear of them, if you want to live.

  • Fanny Chmelar May 20, 2014
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    Didn't some guy drop his load a few weeks back? Secure them and drive like your cargo could kill someone!

  • Itsmyopinion67 May 20, 2014

    That's what happens when you name a road Devils Racetrack Road. Those logs are the devil!

  • Cabe Merritt May 20, 2014
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    Pick up stix!

  • Itsmyopinion67 May 20, 2014

    Those poor trees!!!

  • Concernedforourkids May 20, 2014

    Haha how are they going to clean that up?

  • Cheree Teasley May 20, 2014
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    This looks like a giant game of pick up sticks....

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 20, 2014

    And THIS is why I hate following these things or even having one coming towards me on the opposite lane.

    When I lived near Woodstock, GA years and years ago, the logs on one coming towards a family of 5 in a vehicle in the oncoming lane rolled off the rig onto the family's car and crushed them all.

    Everyone says, "Oh, they're tied down now better than ever before."

    Yeah, then why didn't that keep the logs on this rig then?

    Blessed it doesn't seem to have involved anyone but the hauling rig and driver. I pray no one was hurt or will be hurt cleaning up the mess.