Southbound I-95 reopens near Smithfield after truck flips

Posted May 13, 2015

A tractor-trailer overturned along Interstate 95 in Johnston County on May 13, 2015, forcing authorities to close all southbound lanes. (Photo by John Payne)
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— A tractor-trailer loaded with FedEx packages overturned on the shoulder of Interstate 95 in Johnston County on Wednesday morning, forcing authorities to close southbound lanes to clear the wreckage.

The was no immediate word on what caused the crash, and no serious injuries were reported.

The Department of Transportation reopened southbound I-95 at about 3 p.m.


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  • John Payne May 13, 2015
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    This truck was being driven by a husband and wife driving team from Pennsylvania. The wife had driven until 5am and was asleep in the sleeper when her husband may have dozed off and overturned. They were very fortunate, though. The right front wheel lugnuts left marks in the guardrail nearly the full length of the Neuse River bridge located right behind the crash site. And, the truck stopped short of a pond of water located at the bottom of the embankment. so they could have easily ended up in a pond or river--but, they did not. The driver told me that he'd driven over 20 years and this was his first accident. It was a major inconvenience for southbound travelers but could have been far worse for the truck drivers involved in the accident..

  • Jeff Abbott May 13, 2015
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