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Driver dies after tractor-trailer crashes in river near Graham

Posted January 27, 2010 11:43 a.m. EST
Updated January 27, 2010 1:36 p.m. EST

— A tractor-trailer driver died Wednesday morning after his truck crashed on Interstate 85 South in Alamance County and went down an embankment into a river.

Authorities did not release his name.

The crash happened around 8:15 a.m. near Jimmie Kerr Road near Graham, according to WFMY News 2 in Greensboro. The cab of the tractor-trailer was submerged underwater, but crews were able to pull it out of the river.

Two of four lanes of I-85 South were closed at mile marker 150 and were not expected to reopen until mid-afternoon.

A witness told troopers that the Western Express truck, which was hauling bottled water, had stopped at a nearby Pilot gas station shortly before the crash.

State Department of Transportation officials called in a crew to help clean up the fuel and bottled water that spilled into the creek.