Morning Wreck Snarls I-95 Traffic In Cumberland County
Posted July 23, 2002 6:08 a.m. EDT
CUMBERLAND COUNTY, N.C. — Both lanes of southbound Interstate 95 in northern Cumberland County are open to traffic after a tractor-trailer overturned early Tuesday morning.
The Highway Patrol said the tractor-trailer, which was carrying 40,000 pounds of Juicy Juice, overturned near exit 58 in Wade around 4:30 a.m. That is just above Highway 13 and the construction zone of Fayetteville's outer loop.
Bu mid-morning, wreckers dragged the tractor-trailer partially into the median to allow some traffic to pass. One southbound lane remained closed until the wreck was cleared Tuesday afternoon.
Traffic was backed up for miles into southern Harnett County. Drivers headed south were detoured at exit 61 near Wade and at Highway 301.
Authorities said the tractor-trailer driver, Felix Lyndon Johnson, 37, was traveling from New Jersey to Florida when he dropped his drink, reached down to pick it up and lost control of the tractor-trailer.
Authorities said Johnson hit a concrete construction barrier on the right side of the road, jerked to the left, overturned and slid yards down the interstate before coming to rest wedged between the construction barrier and the median.
Johnson suffered minor injuries, but was not transported to a hospital.
The Wade fire chief said a vehicle overturned at the same location Monday.
The Highway Patrol reminds drivers to obey the speed limit and to pay attention when driving in construction zones.