Tanker truck gets stuck on bridge guardrails

Tanker truck gets stuck on bridge guardrails
Published: Aug. 3, 2022 at 9:26 AM EDT|Updated: Aug. 3, 2022 at 7:14 PM EDT
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LENOIR COUNTY, N.C. (WITN) - A gasoline tanker truck got stuck on a bridge guardrails this morning just outside of Kinston.

The accident happened around 8:30 a.m. on the westbound lanes of the Neuse River Bridge on U.S. 70.

Lenoir County Emergency Services Director Murry Stroud says the tanker was empty and there were no leaks from the truck’s fuel tanks.

He said the driver was not injured.

The tanker was removed from the guardrails this morning, but the right lane of the highway is closed.

Department of Transportation inspectors said the bridge is safe but the one lane will remain closed for two weeks to make repairs to the posts and railing.

“The guys are chipping out some of the damaged concrete,” NCDOT’s Justin Howard said. “They’ll put some rebar back in and form that up and begin pouring concrete and making repairs.”

The Highway Patrol is investigating the crash and the NCDOT is encouraging drivers to look for alternative routes while the lane is closed, citing that congestion in the area is likely.

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