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Trucker charged after tanker overturns in Selma

Posted October 2, 2013

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— A driver whose tanker truck loaded with ethanol overturned Tuesday in Selma has been charged with speeding, authorities said Wednesday.

The wreck closed roads in an area between U.S. Highway 301 and Interstate 95 for hours Tuesday. Johnston County authorities also evacuated several businesses at the intersection of U.S. Highway 70 and Ricks Road.

The tanker was carrying 8,000 gallons of ethanol, but only a small amount leaked out.

Driver Shaun Eugene Price, 49, of Smithfield, was charged with driving at a speed to endanger persons or property. Authorities said he was trying to make a right turn onto U.S. 70 from Ricks Road but was going too fast, causing the tanker to flip.

Price was treated at Johnston Medical Center in Smithfield and released.


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  • Rolling Along Oct 2, 2013

    If they are following DOT regs a drug screen as well as a test of BAC are required following an accident.

  • buckskin022 Oct 2, 2013

    Scubagirl, yes he did have pressure for a closing time.

    sidecutter, NO he don't need drug tested, this company is notorious for drug testing, as is a lot of companies, jump off your wagon.

  • imsosorry Oct 2, 2013

    They speed through there all the time. This was bound to happen.

  • dwr1964 Oct 2, 2013

    Sidecutter....That is SOP for all trucking companies. I am more interested to know why drugs, are the first thing you jump to when a truck driver has an accident. How about we drug test you anytime you have an issue? It is too bad that, in your world, no one is allowed to make a mistake. Maybe he did and maybe he didn't. Your rush to conclusion is exactly what is wrong with this country.

  • sidecutter Oct 2, 2013

    Drug test him!!!

  • Scubagirl Oct 2, 2013

    Glad no one was injured. While the driver was speeding, I wonder how much pressure he gets from his employer to meet a deadline? May not be the case here but often is