Wednesday, December 01, 2021
Overturned Semi Blocks Area Of N.C. 55 West (PHOTOS)

Overturned Semi Blocks Area Of N.C. 55 West (PHOTOS)

An overturned 18-wheeler blocked an area of Highway 55 west of Mount Olive Monday evening.  Firefighters from Smith Chapel responded to the scene of an 18-wheeler that had overturned on N.C 55 West. The tractor-trailer, operated by Daniel Gonzales of Miami FL, was heading East on Highway 55 when it ran off the right shoulder of the road and overturned. The trailer was loaded with 40,000 pounds of raw cucumbers. The truck and trailer stayed intact and none of the product was spilled. The driver was not hurt in the accident.  Smith Chapel firefighters set up traffic control through the accident site and the NCDOT was called to the scene. A section of Highway 55 West between Thunder Swamp Road and Grantham School Road was closed while the wrecker service cleared the accident. According to the state trooper on the scene, the driver was going to be charged with Failure to Maintain Lane Control.

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