Smelly Crash Closes Highway 17 South

A smelly accident closed down part of a major highway in Eastern Carolina for several hours Monday.

A tanker truck carrying waste overturned on Highway 17, south of Chocowinity. Authorities say the overturned tanker leaked about a thousand gallons.

The Highway Patrol says the truck from Asby's Portable Outhouses of Jamesville was northbound through the construction zone when it swerved to miss a barrel. The contents of the tanker started sloshing in the back, causing the tanker to run off the road. Troopers say the driver over-corrected, and the tanker ran through the median into the southbound lanes and flipped over.

The tanker had a portable toilet strapped on the back. Troopers say John Asby will be charged with failure to maintain lane control. Asby was not seriously injured.

Highway 17 southbound traffic was detoured for several hours while two heavy-lift wreckers upright the tanker.

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