Siler City Authorities Evacuate Area After Van Hits Truck Carrying Dynamite
Posted June 29, 2005 7:32 a.m. EDT
SILER CITY, N.C. — Some Siler City residents were temporarily evacuated from their homes Wednesday afternoon after a tractor-trailer truck loaded with dynamite overturned.
At about 3:25 p.m., a van traveling eastbound on U.S. 64 on the west side of Siler City crossed the center line and struck the truck, which was towing a tractor-trailer that contained blasting caps, ammonium nitrate and sticks of dynamite, the N.C. Highway Patrol said.
Clean-up took hours and local residents, who were evacuated as a precaution, were not allowed to return until about 8 p.m.
The Siler City Police Department and Chatham County Sheriff's Office had gone door-to-door after the accident to evacuate residents as a precaution. A spokesman with the N.C. Highway Patrol said there had not appeared to be any danger of an explosion.
No one in the truck was hurt, but the van's driver was taken to UNC Hospitals with serious injuries, the Highway Patrol said.
Parts of U.S. 64 were closed for over five hours in both directions from Ellington Road to Glenn Avenue as crews cleaned the area.
Charges are pending investigation, the Highway Patrol said.