NEW INFO: Driver Charged After Liquid Nitrogen Fertilizer Tank Flips

A tanker driver has been charged after his rig flipped over and closed a Pitt County highway Wednesday afternoon.

James Taylor, Jr. of Chocowinity was charged with exceeding a safe speed.

The wreck happened on Black Jack Simpson Road near Chicod. The road was closed for several hours as crews worked to clean up the accident.

The tanker was carrying liquid nitrogen fertilizer. Troopers say Taylor came around a curve and the rigs two rear wheel went off the road. They say the driver then over-corrected and then the tanker flipped over on its side.

D.O.T. crews were able to block the leaking nitrogen in the ditch. The truck is owned by Taylor Timber of Chocowinity.

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A Pitt County highway has reopened after a tanker full of liquid nitrogen fertilizer overturned this afternoon.

Black Jack Simpson Road near Chicod was closed down for several hours because of the leaking tanker.

Fire Chief Corey Handley tells WITN News that the tanker was leaking into a ditch along the highway. The D.O.T. dammed up the ditch on both sides. Handley says he saw the driver walk away, but has since been taken to Vidant Medical Center.

Trooper William Brown says it appears James Taylor, Jr. was heading north when he ran off the road and overturned. The truck is owned by Taylor Timber of Chocowinity.

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