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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  • by pissed over the barrels Location: Chocowinity on Aug 10, 2011 at 08:17 AM
    i bet he did have to move over quickly to keep from hitting a barrel! All of us have to do this every day. They have them so far over in the lane they want you in it is ridiculous. i had to ride on the grid part of the road yesterday at times to keep from hitting them! I think this company needs to pay for this accident. This accident would not have happened if the barrels were not there. And they were supposed to be gone a year ago. Nothing to see 15 head of people out there and might be 3 working, rest of them sitting in trucks soaking up the air or standing there hollering and screaming at the ladies that ride by! It looks like a drunk man put them barrels out! i hit one of these barrels with my NEW car and it has left some pretty nasty marks down the whole driver side. It was one of them in a curve that was sticking out farther than the rest of them! if my kids were not with me that day i would have walked the rest of the way to washington and thrown everyone of them in the ditch! Who pays to get my car fixed, ME!!!
  • by stinky on Aug 9, 2011 at 05:39 PM
    Now that's what you call a crappy day!!!
  • by hmm on Aug 9, 2011 at 01:32 PM
    maybe it will be good fertilizer for the crops?
  • by Moose on Aug 9, 2011 at 01:08 PM
    Ah Chocowinity, Come To Where The Flavor Is!
  • by Local Location: Chocowinity on Aug 9, 2011 at 10:50 AM
    When are they going to remove the barrels all together? They have painted the lines on the road & the barrels are not needed. If they still have a little work left, they can put barrels around that area. Plus, who ever set barrels up needs to go back to school. They didn't set barrels up for turning lanes. I love to buy a $500 truck & push them out the way.
  • by L.S. on Aug 9, 2011 at 10:04 AM
    ooh ooh that smell, can't ya smell that smell!
  • by Anonymous on Aug 9, 2011 at 09:22 AM
    Smells like the whitehouse(outhouse).
  • by Driver Location: Hwy 17 on Aug 9, 2011 at 09:14 AM
    Wow, I was just driving through there the other day and wondered how something like this had not happened yet. Those barrels are all over the place. You will be driving past 10 barrels which are in there place, then the next one will be 3 ft closer to the shoulder. Might as well give the DOT a ticket too for failure to maintain the construction site.
  • by tracy Location: washington on Aug 9, 2011 at 02:43 AM
    go through this area everday. Monday morning@ 4:30 it the barrels were all over the place. Looked as if someone went through and intentionally hit the barrels. Most people fly through this area at all times of the day. Everyone needs to slow down. Would also help out if the barrels were not so close to the line or over the line.
  • by peee-you! on Aug 8, 2011 at 10:52 PM
    Wow! What a crappy situation!!!

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