Strong Winds Blow Over 18 Wheeler

By: April Davis
By: April Davis

The strong winds were too much for an 18-wheeler blown over onto its side on a major bridge in the east Thursday night, closing the bridge for hours.

A viewer shared photos with WITN of the big rig that was traveling on the Albemarle Sound Bridge between Chowan and Washington counties. Trooper D.C. Tanner with the Highway Patrol says the truck traveling with an empty trailer was at the top of the bridge when a wind gust threw it to the side of the bridge at around 7:00 Thursday evening.

The 66 year-old driver from Edenton was not injured. Troopers say the bridge was closed late Thursday night to clear the big rig.

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  • by kathryn Location: Edenton on Jun 27, 2011 at 09:40 AM
    I don't know what happen, but I thank God for saving this mans life. I have travel that bridge several times and I had always been afraid because the rails are too low for a high rides bridge. I drives a small car Nissan and I don't feel safe crossing that bridge because of the low rails. I will go the long way around before driving over it or I don't go.I truly think that this bridge needs higher rails for the safety of the travelers.
  • by tammy Location: edenton on Jun 25, 2011 at 10:07 AM
    Thank God that the driver of the truck and everyone else on the bridge was safe. That was horribe. Jesus was riding with him that day, as well as everyother Im sure. My dad is a truck driver and I thank God for keeping him safe everyday!!
  • by sandy Location: farmville on Jun 24, 2011 at 10:36 PM
    If the media would pay more attention to whats going on outside their windows they would (hopefully) be informing the public of the weather conditions so that folks know ahead of time that bad weather is coming! How many time have we seen it raining outside and the weather man says "no chance of rain" or "the rain will begin____" and that time is in the future. The 6pm news didnt mention the adverse weather- wasnt the satellite on? The 11pm news appeared to have been pre-taped. No experienced driver would knowingly drive an empty rig over that bridge if he was informed of the pending storm/ high winds
  • by Jannetta Location: Hertford on Jun 24, 2011 at 09:26 PM
    Wednesday we chose the bridge to get to Manteo instead of the Currituck route and remarked on just this type of incident, the LOW sides and no hope of the sides being any wind break either and the whole thing is a rough ride with a warp in the grid/base and surface. I believe the wind from a particular angle could actually flow onto the bridge/tunneling along and bank off the inside of the railing and slap beneath a vehicle. Thank God it did not go in the water.
  • by imabiker Location: e city on Jun 24, 2011 at 06:08 PM
    unless yo have driven one of these trucks you have absolutely no idea how they handle why couldnt it have just been a accident no ones fault
  • by Jennifer Chavez Location: washington on Jun 24, 2011 at 05:21 PM
    me and my mom went by there thurssday and the road was closed so we had to wait a while
  • by beachbum3 on Jun 24, 2011 at 04:49 PM
    bridges cant be ridged an not give an move in the wind or else they would crack an break they have to give some an move some in the winds an they also have to flex an give vertically as well cant be totaly ridged or the griders would break like a match stick thank you
  • by beachbum3 on Jun 24, 2011 at 04:42 PM
    just another apparent wonderful decision to be blame on the wonderful ncdot since they have devasted the old bridge design unit in favor of pravatization of the bridge design department within the ncdotthe ole brdiege design unit would have never ever gone along with these currently designed low height barrier rail for this bridge . an for a matter of safety they need to be raise but thatwould cost a lot of taxpayers dollars to pour new barrier rail for approxmately 7.0 mile 3.5 mile to the side an it cant be pour an added to the topp of the current barrier rail so that isnt an option it would need to have the old barrier rail torn down an entirely new rail placed to fix the problems praises to our wonderful ncdot ( not ) just more costly mistakes to cost the taxpaying public an more mess up just as I_795 slong with the us 17 project between hertford nc an edenton , nc thank you
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      by roddo on Jun 26, 2011 at 01:12 PM in reply to beachbum3
      New bridge design? This is one of the oldest bridges around. Just another apparent idiotic comment. Blame yourself for not being informed.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 24, 2011 at 04:26 PM
    I think i would have peed all over myself if i had been in that truck oh my goodness, that is so wonderful everyone came out ok and unharmed
  • by Frances Location: Columbia on Jun 24, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    How can we get highter rails put on that bridge? I am terrified when I have to drive over it.
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