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U.S. 421 Reopened in Chatham County

Posted February 19, 2008

— An overturned tractor-trailer blocked traffic for hours Tuesday on U.S. Highway 421 in Gulf, just south of Fayetteville Road in Chatham County.

Multiple fire and rescue crews responded to the accident, which occurred just after 9 a.m. when a tractor-trailer from Beasley’s Septic Service out of Durham slid off the road, flipped twice and landed upside down.

The driver, Ray Powell, 50, of Raleigh, was airlifted to UNC Hospital. He was listed in serious condition Tuesday night.

No charges have been filed against Powell.


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  • fudder Feb 19, 2008

    did the sewage get spilled out of the tanker?the river is right past there.that would not be good.

  • ccap Feb 19, 2008

    This was a tandem rear axle truck with a tank on it. The truck was traveling north on 421. The truck for whatever reason turned over and the tank separated from the frame of the chassis.
    The driver was pinned, but with the help of a large wrecker,the truck was lifted and the driver was extricated. Believe me the driver was banged up pretty good, but was talking with rescue members as he was loaded in to the chopper.
    He is one lucky man .........

  • oldrebel Feb 19, 2008

    Fayetteville Rd. will come up on the Goole map for the little piece of road between J.R. Moore store on the northern edge of 421. It probably relates to the connection on across 421 and across the Deep River to what is still known as the North Plank Road which was once a spur to the historic Fayetteville to Winston Salem Plank Road. " Fayetteville was home to several plank roads which extended to all parts of the state. These were built to compensate for a lack of early rail connections. One of the roads, the Fayetteville and Western Plank Road, extended 129 miles to the Moravian settlements near present-day Winston-Salem." Check out the link for more information on this part of our collective history. http://www.arch.dcr.state.nc.us/amonth/plankrd.htm

  • msncdso Feb 19, 2008

    " sort of like saying "Main Street."

    It must be, I live near Gulf and I've never heard of a Fayetteville Road nearby.

  • hawk_fan Feb 19, 2008

    "Fayetteville Road? In Chatham County? Near Gulf? Where is it?"

    Gulf is a tiny town between Siler City and Sanford. Chatham County has several Fayetteville Roads throughout the county -- sort of like saying "Main Street."

  • msncdso Feb 19, 2008

    "just south of Fayetteville Road in Chatham County"

    Fayetteville Road? In Chatham County? Near Gulf?
    Where is it?

  • cuteboyd Feb 19, 2008

    What's going on with all these "trucking" accidents lately?

  • bbad238 Feb 19, 2008

    This is a bad area, always lots of wrecks on that road. It's awful to drive on!

  • Godschild43 Feb 19, 2008

    Ipray that no one is seriously hurt.

  • Dr. Dataclerk Feb 19, 2008

    I sure hope no one got hurt or killed.