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Knightdale Bypass reopened after tanker overturns

Posted June 6, 2011 12:57 p.m. EDT
Updated June 6, 2011 5:15 p.m. EDT

— An overturned tractor-trailer closed eastbound lanes of U.S. Highway 64 Bypass near Knightdale for almost five hours Monday.

The Highway Patrol said the tanker loaded with raw sewage came down the entrance ramp from Hodge Road at an excessive speed at about 11:45 a.m. and flipped on its side.

Driver William O. Wilson, 48, of 850 Faines Road, was charged with exceeding a safe speed. He wasn't injured in the wreck.

Authorities said about 90 percent of the sewage remained inside the tanker, and the amount that spilled onto the highway didn't get to any nearby streams.

Eastbound traffic was diverted onto Hodge Road and was backed up for more than a mile after the wreck. The highway reopened at about 4:30 p.m.