Icy bridges get the blame for several crashes

Posted January 2, 2009 9:18 a.m. EST
Updated March 9, 2009 5:11 p.m. EDT

— The National Weather Service lifted a winter weather advisory for Triangle counties and much of the rest of the state late Friday morning, but authorities were still cleaning up vehicle crashes that happened earlier on icy roads and bridges.

An icy bridge over the Tar River on Sims Bridge Road, northwest of Louisburg, caused an oil truck to flip Friday morning, authorities said.

The driver lost control of the truck, crashed through a guard rail and rolled down a 20-foot embankment. Crews took the man, whose named was not released, to WakeMed with non-life-threatening injuries.

The oil truck leaked hundreds of gallons of oil. Crews were able to contain it before it reached the Tar River. Sims Bridge Road was going to be closed for most of the day, however, authorities said.

Sanford police reported a crash on Carbonton Road near Woolard Road due to ice on a bridge. No other details were immediately available.

Ice also was reported on an Interstate 40 bridge at N.C. Highway 210 in Johnston County and on the Brogdon Road bridge in Granville County, according to authorities.

Friday night will be mostly clear and chilly. Saturday will turn a tad warmer, with highs in the mid to upper 50s.

Rain and cloudy skies are in the forecast for Sunday morning, and Monday will be another cloudy day.

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