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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  • by Sam Location: Kitty Hawk on Mar 15, 2012 at 09:49 PM
    I have nothing against any particular individuals that have to drive these huge 18 wheelers or other major trucks, but I do think that there are other ways to haul materials other than having to use an 18 wheeler. Also for the safety of the truck drivers and all others, they should not be driving for more than 12 hours per day. I had one come close to hitting me and my wife head on out on Highway 158 between Kitty Hawk and Coinjock at 10 p.m. one night just a year ago. It scared the heck out of us.
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      by you have no clue on Mar 16, 2012 at 01:34 AM in reply to Sam
      They are only allowed to drive 11 hors a day and what would you like, a rail road going to every store?? Get real Sam
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        by gt on Mar 16, 2012 at 08:01 PM in reply to you have no clue
        To the person that stated wasn't this driver involved in a serious accident a few years ago the answer is no and the company was not either. Everyone that is against truck drivers and trucks need to take the same test to get their license that we do and there would be a lot less people with license out there- and according to goverment numbers 78% of crashes with trucks are caused by automobiles- When you fall in a curve with a liquid tank you have no baffles to prevent sideways shifting and when you combine a dropoff like at this sight you have really got trouble controlling the truck. According to people at bthe sight there have been several accidents at this same location- so give the driver a brake- after all he is working trying to make a living lioke he should.
  • by Drivers Sister/Owners Daughter Location: Washington on Mar 15, 2012 at 05:28 PM
    To Bad Driver: I will have you know that trucks are huge back bone of this country. Trucking paid my bills for the majority of my life. My brother takes his job seriously and at least he has a job. It was just that-an accident. No one was seriously injured in the accident, thank God. So the next time you decide you want to bash a truck driver or the trucking industry think about this one. The next time you go by groceries, clothing, etc for your family or take them out to dinner stop and think how those things got there for your enjoyment....
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      by I agree on Mar 16, 2012 at 04:53 AM in reply to Drivers Sister/Owners Daughter
      I'm glad to have those things.. I just think the trucks should only be allowed on the road between 12 and 6am. Big rigs on the road are a hazard and have careless drivers... Normal people do not drive in the wee hours of the morning. Perfect time for trucks to be out there...
  • by David Location: Pinetown on Mar 15, 2012 at 05:03 PM
    Most of you people that are bad mouthing big trucks and there drivers maybe you should drive one for a day then you would have alot more respect for them. GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THE FARMERS THAT FEED ALL OF YOU!!!!!!!!!
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      by Anonymous too on Mar 16, 2012 at 04:20 AM in reply to David
      You really should learn the meaning of big words like "most". I only see one post poking fun at the driver, and one clueless nut who wants driving times restricted. Sensationalism starts with the news, and is continued on by the readers/viewers.....
  • by Bad driving on Mar 15, 2012 at 02:12 PM
    Trucks should be banned from the road except from 12am-6am. Less accidents and deaths....
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      by YEA OK on Mar 16, 2012 at 01:42 AM in reply to Bad driving
      Statistics show well over 75% of accidents involving 18 wheelers are the fault of 4 wheelers. Also if trucks could only move 6 hours a day you would see a increase of prices at the stores. Then the mere numbers of trucks would sky rocket to cover the same amount of freight which would then jack prices up even more because trucking companies are gonna pay for all those extra trucks and drivers out of consumers pockets not theirs. Next time have a clue what your talking or thinking about..
  • by why block me Location: washington on Mar 14, 2012 at 04:55 PM
    liquid nitrogen fertilizer he was hauling was most likely 30% nitrogen farmers use the most used id 32% but only fertilizer plants use that so they can cut the rate in formulas to cut costs .it is not pure nitrogen!
  • by pete on Mar 14, 2012 at 04:41 PM
    it is and older fuel tanker that has been converted into use of hauling nitrogen we use them all the time .Nitrogen may kill the grass this year and maybe some til next year but it wouldn't harm anything ground wise farmers spill it all the time . Looking at the shoulder I can see why it turned over its fast arch and drop off of the hwy not to mention soft wet shoulder. I difference is nitrogen is heavier than water by 2 lbs per gal so carry far less capacity causing the tanker to get out of balance faster!Hope Taylor is ok!!
  • by No genius here Location: Eastern NC on Mar 14, 2012 at 02:29 PM
    This looks more like a liquid fertilizer tanker to me. It's not a cryogenic type of trailer shown in this picture.
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      by why block me on Mar 14, 2012 at 05:18 PM in reply to No genius here
      liquid nitrogen fertilizer is 30% nitrogen which many call liquid fertilizer . Liquid fertilizer can be many different mixes . but this is an aluminum tanker used for nitrogen 30%
  • by BLAH on Mar 14, 2012 at 02:26 PM
    After steering the wheel with his left knee,playing the air drums,texting,talking on the CB,adjusting thermal controls,trying to kill that hornet that bounced off his side mirror and came through the window stinging him on the chest,changing radio stations,turning his windshield wiper fluid on to clean the bugs off,twisting a joint,scratching both itchy eyeballs,picking his nose dodging a yankee/californicatian bicyclest all at the SAME TIME he is lucky he walked away.Thank god it was'nt a woman driving chewing gum.
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      by ME on Mar 15, 2012 at 07:26 AM in reply to BLAH
      Why would you post something so horrible? I know Mr. Taylor personally and takes his job and driving very seriously.. He is lucky he got away with just some minor injuries.. Hope you feel better soon!
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      by SMH @ Ignorance.com! on Mar 15, 2012 at 12:22 PM in reply to BLAH
      Idiot. Do you even KNOW what you're talking about? I'm embarrassed FOR you that you even thought that was remotely funny. Idiot.
  • by Maria Location: Greenville on Mar 14, 2012 at 02:21 PM
    Wow, thats right down the road from where I live. Hope the driver is okay
  • by Drivers Sister Location: Washington on Mar 14, 2012 at 02:13 PM
    He has been treated and released.
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