What's that rocket-shaped thing on the side of I-540?
Posted December 6, 2011
Raleigh, N.C. — What weighs 150 tons, is more than 125 feet long and sits on the side of Interstate 540 near U.S. Highway 64 in Raleigh?
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol says the rocket-shaped thing, which created a lot of buzz among drivers Tuesday, is a stainless steel pressurized chemical reactor vessel that was being transported from Winterville on Monday when some of the tires on the truck carrying it were flattened.
Jon Yuhas, risk manager for Winterville-based The Roberts Company, said the empty vessel is en route to a chemical plant under construction in Tennessee, but he could not comment on where because of proprietary restrictions.
The Highway Patrol, which is escorting the truck through North Carolina, says the company has a permit to transport the vessel.
The truck's expected to be back on the road by Wednesday.