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Troopers: Driver fell asleep before crashing into bridge

Posted April 22, 2009 7:39 a.m. EDT
Updated April 22, 2009 7:48 a.m. EDT

— Investigators say it appears a truck driver fell asleep before his 18-wheeler slammed into a bridge on a North Carolina interstate highway, killing him.

The Highway Patrol identified the driver as Sidney Raydel Williams, 26, of Silver Star Drive in Raleigh. The wreck happened about 2:30 a.m. Tuesday on Interstate 40 in Sampson County.

Trooper D.M. Kidd said the truck was hauling produce when it hit a bridge support at the Suttontown Road exit. Kidd said there was no evidence that the truck's brakes were used as it drifted off the road at about 70 mph.

The interstate was closed for several hours while engineers inspected the bridge.