The Highway Patrol says that it has charged a driver involved in an tractor trailer crash that resulted in liquid fertilizer leaking.
Trooper Edwards with the highway patrol says a tanker hauling ammonium nitrate was heading north on U.S. 24 in Duplin county when the driver says his brakes failed as he approached an intersection. The driver swerved to miss 2 vehicles and overturned in the intersection.
Trooper Edwards says the fertilizer spilled is not dangerous but it was a "large spill".
Troopers on scene said the truck driver did have brake issues but the brakes did not fail.
The truck driver has been charged with unsafe movement.
He was taken to the hospital but has already been discharged.
There were no other injuries.
NC 24 East of Kenansville is closed because an overturned tractor trailer is leaking liquid fertilizer.
Officials say the truck was carrying 4,500 gallons of liquid nitrogen fertilizer that farmers mix with water and spray on crops.
According to officials, the driver of that truck was injured and transported to Vidant.
The NCDOT has contained the runoff in a ditch. They are unsure of the environmental impact .
Charges are pending.
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