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Tractor-trailer wrecks along I-85 near Butner

Posted March 30, 2010

— A tractor-trailer driver wrecked and hit 250 feet of guardrail on Interstate 85 North near Butner early Tuesday, according to the Highway Patrol.

The driver of the tractor-trailer, Roosenvelt Christmas, 52, of Richmond, Va., was charged with an unsafe moving violation, troopers said.

Christmas told troopers that he was reaching for papers on the floor of the truck when he ran off of the road and hit the guardrail.

No one was injured.

The truck was carrying diesel fuel, which leaked into a creek that feeds into Falls Lake.


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  • tarheelblue919 Mar 31, 2010

    nukka, my husband is a truck driver. you should hear the stories about cars that cause HIM to almost wreck! cars pulling out in front of him at the last minute just becuase they dont want to be behind a big truck, cars that pass him on the interstate in the emergency lane, or even slamming on breaks to make a turn their have almost missed, or in chapel hill when people are on skateboards and bikes and grab ahold of the truck to get "pulled" down the street to their destination.....while there is no perfect driver, a big truck driver is held FAR more accountable for their driving then any car on the road.

  • april65 Mar 30, 2010

    Something needs to be done about these dangerous semi-truck drivers... they are constantly speeding and driving recklessly.
    GOLO member since October 23, 2008
    March 30, 2010 1:57 p.m.
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    How about we just do away with them, then there will be no more food, clothes, gas, and other necessities we need delivered. There are just as many car drivers that drive more dangerously. I have seen drivers swerve over 3 lanes of traffic cause they almost missed their exit. Or cut in and out of traffic. If they are in that big of a hurry they should have left yesterday.

  • Skywatch_NC Mar 30, 2010

    The truck was carrying diesel fuel, which leaked into a creek that feeds into Falls Lake.

    Hopefully NCDEHNR (state water quality div.) will be investigating. My dad works at the Raleigh Regional office.

  • oldrebel Mar 30, 2010

    Wonder if he was reaching for his cell phone and not "papers" on the floor as he stated.

  • Mustang Mar 30, 2010

    Early in the morning...bet he fell asleep

  • garnertoy Mar 30, 2010

    when driveing stay alert it only takes a split second

  • tarheelblue919 Mar 30, 2010

    i dont have anything against truck drivers, my husband IS one. but that was stupid! he should be in bigger trouble then he is and charged with more. my aunt was killed by a truck driver, i have seen how a person can be mangled by one, my dad was the first person to my aunt when the wreck happened....bottom line, no matter what your behind the wheel of, your attention needs to be on the ROAD! and he better thank his lucky stars that he didnt hit someone else or worst case, kill them!!!!!