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Truck carrying live crabs wrecks in Johnston County

Posted March 14, 2012 6:07 a.m. EDT
Updated March 14, 2012 11:29 a.m. EDT

— Both northbound lanes of Interstate 95 were closed early Wednesday near Micro after a 15-foot box truck carrying live crabs overturned, authorities said.

According to officials with the State Highway Patrol, 45-year-old David Coleman, of Maryland, lost control of the truck just before 4 a.m. and overturned. Coleman, who suffered minor injuries, told troopers he swerved to avoid a deer. 

As of 5:30 a.m., crews were on scene trying to clean up crabs that got out of the wooden boxes in which they were being transported. Another truck Coleman was traveling with returned to the wreck to help load the crabs.

Authorities weren't sure what type of crabs the two trucks were transporting, but they did say they were on the way to Maryland.

The state Department of Transportation expected the road to remain closed until around 6 a.m.

Charges are pending in the wreck, but authorities said Coleman was wearing a seat belt and that speed and alcohol were not factors in him losing control of the truck. No other information was released.