UPDATE: Fuel tanker driver charged after accident shuts down road

PITT COUNTY (WITN) - The driver of a fuel tanker is facing chargers after Monday's single vehicle crash that shut down a road for several hours.

Highway Patrol says George Tetterton, 33, of Bethel is charged with exceeding a safe speed.

Troopers say it happened on Staton Mill Road just before 6 p.m. Monday.

They say the fuel tanker ran off the road to the right, hit a ditch and then overturned.

Highway Patrol says Tetteron was transported to Vidant Medical Center in Greenville.

A section of Staton Mill Road was closed in both directions for several hours.

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A section of Staton Mill Road in Pitt County that was closed in both directions following a fuel tanker wreck Monday has reopened.

The road is now open between Sweet Gum Grove Church Road and Pug Moore Road.

Until the entire road reopened, the NCDOT was advising motorists to use NC-903 toward Stokes and turn left onto NC-30, which will connect with US-13 near Bethel.

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A fuel tanker wreck has forced emergency crews to keep a Pitt County road closed during the night for clean up.

The truck is now upright and crews are in the final stages of clearing out, according to Pitt County Emergency Management Director Allen Everette.

Everette says it happened around 6:15 p.m. Monday on Staton Mill Road, which will remain closed during the night so that the area can be cleaned up.

He says the NC DOT will reassess the area Tuesday morning.

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Emergency crews are at the scene of a fuel tanker wreck.

Pitt County Emergency Management Director Allen Everette tells WITN that the tanker overturned on Staton Mill Road around 6:15 p.m.

We're told that the driver was taken to Vidant Medical Center.

Everette says fuel is currently being offloaded into another tanker and that crews could be dealing with the wreck for another few hours.

The road is closed in both directions.

The Highway Patrol is investigating.