Truck flips over bridge on I-85 near Hillsborough

Posted October 31, 2014

— A driver was rescued Friday morning after he lost control of his rig and flipped it over a bridge on Interstate 85 North near Hillsborough, landing alongside U.S. Highway 70 below.

One lane of the interstate and all lanes of U.S. 70 were closed for several hours while crews hauled away the semi, inspected the bridge and made repairs.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Marco Myrick, 38, was driving the truck, which did not have a trailer, when a car in front of him slowed down. Myrick also tried to slow down, but the truck's brakes locked, causing him to swerve to the left.

Troopers said the truck rolled over the guardrail and down an embankment while striking several sections of the bridge, troopers said. Transportation officials said chunks of concrete rail fell from the bridge onto U.S. 70.

Myrick, who was pinned in the cab, was extricated and taken to Duke University Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

He was charged with failing to maintain lane control.

Crews pulled the truck clear of the bridge at about 10 a.m. and began making repairs. A temporary guardrail was put in place, and all lanes reopened shortly before noon.


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  • Stacie Hagwood Oct 31, 2014
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    Speed is rarely the most influential factor in a case like this. It is all about the following distance. If you have a safe following distance, you have time to react and there is no need for locking up the brakes.

  • bullblood9 Oct 31, 2014

    glad to hear no one was killed, THT IS A BAD SPOT OF HIGHWAY BE FOREWARNED

  • jensfacebookupdates Oct 31, 2014

    I drive that route every day and was stuck in that the traffic delay this morning. That particular on ramp is SHORT and on a fairly steep uphill slope. It's very hard to get up to speed if you're merging in and the lane is short. It's a very poorly designed merging location and unless traffic is very light, it can cause problems even if drivers are going slow and attentive. Maybe the driver was speeeding, maybe not. Regardless, this on ramp needs serious redesigning.

  • Jerry Sawyer Oct 31, 2014
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    He was driving too fast and did not give himself adequate room to stop if something in front of him happened. This happens every day. People tailgate all the time.

  • Eq Videri Oct 31, 2014
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    Wow, that took some talent.

  • 68_dodge_polara Oct 31, 2014

    mustysteer, I must agree most drivers today are distracted and don't care about driving properly. If we all would follow most truckers example it would be a lot safer out there.

  • Karen Lambert Oct 31, 2014
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    MUSTYSTEER: I beg to differ about truckers being safer drivers. Just today, I was almost sideswiped on an interstate highway by a trucker who was trying to get around the slower vehicle in front of him. He pulled over with no regard to the fact that I was passing him. Less than 30 minutes after that, I happened upon a wreck where the truck driver fell asleep and drove UP an embankment. Thank goodness he did not hit anyone else, but he overturned his trailer full of merchandise.

  • mustysteer Oct 31, 2014

    DEVILISH, thank you for stating the obvious. Yes, speed was a factor because both vehicles were moving. But don't emphasize obeying the rules to just trucks and law enforcement. Truckers are a lot safer drivers than those driving cars. We have to be. Yes, the driver made a mistake here and it caused an accident. He was "bobtailing" which is driving the tractor without a trailer attached. Because there was no weight on the rearend, brakes are almost useless. Luckily, no one was seriously injured.

  • 678devilish Oct 31, 2014

    Speed most likely was the main factor. If only people including truck drivers and cops would obey the rules of the roads and highways.

  • 68_dodge_polara Oct 31, 2014

    That doesn't look good for the driver, praying for them.