NEW INFO: Duplin County Detour After Potato Truck Flips Over

Troopers said a tractor trailer full of potatoes flipped over along Highway 11 in Duplin County, and now drivers will have to take the long way around until the crash site is cleaned up.

Trooper M.E. Myers told WITN a tractor trailer was heading south along Highway 11 in Duplin County, near B.F. Grady Elementary School, when the 70-year-old driver veered right and over-corrected.

Tpr. Myers said the weight of the load caused the truck to flip on its side, temporarily pinning Scott James, of Plymouth, in the cab.

Once a deputy arrived, troopers said the driver had already climbed out of the truck. James was not injured.

According to investigators, alcohol and speed were not factors in the Monday morning wreck.

Troopers have closed a part of Highway 11 near Woodland Church Road.

Tpr. Myers said while drivers can still drive in that area, they will be detoured "the long way around."

The Department of Transportation anticipated having the road back open by 6:50 a.m. Monday.

James will be charged with failure to maintain lane control.


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Troopers are on the scene now working to figure out how the driver of a tractor trailer was pinned in after a wreck in Duplin County.

Dispatchers told WITN that accident is near B.F. Grady Elementary School, at Highways 11 and 903.

We know a trooper arrived at the crash site around 5 a.m., and we have a call into the trooper on scene for updates.

So far, the Department of Transportation has not issued any notices of road closures in the area.

As soon as we have more details, we will pass them along to you.


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