NEW INFO: Highway 17 Reopens After Log Truck Crash

Traffic on Highway 17 in Beaufort County returned to normal after a log truck overturned Tuesday afternoon.

State troopers say it happened around 2:40 p.m. on Highway 17 and Barr Road, that's south of Chocowinity.

Multiple fire and rescue crews responded. The Highway Patrol says the log truck was southbound when a construction company pick-up truck pulled out in front of the big rig. The 18-wheeler lost control, ran into a ditch and spilled its load.

The drivers of both vehicles had minor injuries.

Highway patrol says the driver of the pickup is cited for failure to yield.

Traffic on the busy highway was reduced to one lane, but it returned to normal shortly after 5:30 p.m.

The crash happened along a section of Highway 17 that is being widened to four lanes. The pick-up truck involved is owned by Roberson Contracting Company, the contractor on the highway project.


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  • by crystal Location: washington on May 6, 2011 at 10:30 AM
    and so u know, this constructin company is threw the state, i got family that works for them, and the its a state jobs, since u want to be percise
  • by crystal Location: washignton on May 6, 2011 at 10:29 AM
    wasnt tryin to be a "smarty pants" just sayin thats all, sounds to me that you are being the smarty pants, i think there was a nicer way of telling me that i miss read the news
  • by KT Location: Martin County on May 4, 2011 at 05:40 AM
    Prayers go out to all people involved. Anyone driving a vehicle of any kind is at risk. It's plainly called keeping an eye on all traffic and paying attention. Things happen in a blink of an eye.
  • by Terry Location: Beaufort Co. on May 4, 2011 at 05:11 AM
    I hope both people are doing fine. To ANONYMOUS: All you have to do is go on the NCDOT wedsite and you can see the progress report on all jobs in N.C. It gives completion date and progress to date.
  • by Eric Location: Chocowinity on May 4, 2011 at 02:27 AM
    The pickup was going which direction? West it's a no-brainer, you stop right at the road. East is trickier. You cross the tracks and the new road (heck of a bump) and then you wait. I can see how somebody would wait farther back, look down the new road one way, then look down the new road the other way, and try to cross both. But I go through that intersection (east to west and vice-versa) several times a week, so of course I'm aware of the traffic pattern. Hopefully it'll be easier to cross when they have the new road open.
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      by Dar on May 4, 2011 at 07:17 AM in reply to Eric
      Eric, great post but the real problem is that people do not care to obey stops signs & use common sense. I traveled down 17 twice a day passing by that intersection & I would say that 50% do not come to a complete stop. Too many times I have had to slam on the brakes because the other driver will not obey traffic signs. The same goes for Possum Track Road as well.
  • by Russ Location: plymouth on May 3, 2011 at 07:12 PM
    For those that are talking trash about truckers maybe you all need to go drive one and see what we go thought with you all everyday. We can not stop an 80,000 or more pound truck on a dime.
  • by Queen Location: chocowinity on May 3, 2011 at 07:01 PM
    It was a very bad accident. I pray that people please respect these big vehicles. People pulls out in front of school buses the same way. Please realize there's lots of lives involved. It only take one wrong move to cause a persons' life to change. There's nothing more percious than life itself. So please be patient. It could mean be difference in life or death.
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      by me on May 6, 2011 at 10:33 AM in reply to Queen
      i understand ur point as far as us respectin the bigger trucks but they do at times act like they rule the highway and they dont give us repect so really it goes both ways
  • by jm on May 3, 2011 at 05:51 PM
    well u no sum of these guys jus fly through d construction zones not saying he was r wasnt. I dont no ididnt c it, but i will tell u over 2/3's of d drivers going through these work zones dont slow down cars,trucks and every type of vehicles. So y dont u slow down and give d workers d respect and courtesy they deserve
  • by Terry Location: Beaufort Co. on May 3, 2011 at 03:25 PM
    The completion date on this project is scheduled for 5/27/2011. They are almost 89% done. Yes, a little behind but the past year has been so wet that everyone is slow. If you are able to work in this wetness is determined on the type of dirt you have to work with. Barnhill only repaved the road between 64 & Jamesville, not constructed a new road. I, too, work with a highway construction company and can tell you this has been the wettest year I have seen in the 10 years with my company. Roberson has done a good job and only not completed yet due to weather which they nor you can control.
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      by Anonymous on May 3, 2011 at 08:28 PM in reply to Terry
      Glad no one was seriously injured and maybe it will make people aware to start looking. I am sure the driver of Roberson Contracting had drove this road so much during it being constructed that he didn't give it a second thought to look. Isn't this the same company that is being charged liquidated damages due to going over the time for completion based on his contract? If I remember correctly, I saw something recently on this same site that the completion day was not as you stated. Brent can't catch a break on this job.
  • by night shifter on May 3, 2011 at 03:10 PM
    I was driving home from work the other morning and an empty log truck was tailgating me all the way down Arlington until he turned left onto Firetower and this wasn't the first time.
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