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U.S. 70 Reopens After Tractor-Trailer Overturns

Posted December 4, 2007

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— U.S. Highway 70 reopened in Garner late Tuesday morning, almost five hours after a tractor-trailer overturned.

The tractor-trailer was eastbound on Interstate 40 and was exiting onto westbound U.S. 70 at about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when its load of seed shifted, causing it to flip onto its side, said Sgt. Joe Binns, of the Garner Police Department. The truck skidded to a stop on U.S. 70 near White Oak Crossing shopping center, blocking one lane in each direction, he said.

Driver Sammy Poole was uninjured, but was pinned inside the cab of the truck for a while, Binns said. Emergency personnel had to cut glass out so he could get out.

Crews had to unload the seed from the truck so it could be righted, which caused extensive traffic delays, Binns said.

Traffic was detoured onto the exit ramps to Interstate 40 to get around the accident scene.