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Gravel truck flips, snarls traffic on N.C. 73

 

Emergency personnel work to clear the road after a gravel truck overturned Tuesday on N.C. 73 in the Iron Station area.

Jenna-Ley Harrison / Lincoln TImes-News

JENNA-LEY HARRISON

Staff Writer

 

A truck carrying gravel overturned on N.C. 73 Thursday morning near Iron Station, briefly shutting down one lane of traffic on the primary east-west route in eastern Lincoln County, firefighters said.

Barry Moree, the truck’s driver and owner of his own trucking company Barry Moree Trucking, had been traveling west down the roadway when a vehicle swerved into his lane, forcing him into a nearby curb, where his truck ran off the road and overturned, according to Trooper B. Black with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol.

“He kept easing toward my side,” Moree said of the vehicle.

Black told the Times-News the location is “a bad curb.”

“We always catch people speeding here,” he said.

The vehicle continued on its way after cutting off Moree, troopers said. Emergency Medical Services arrived to treat the driver, but with no visible injuries, he refused care.

Pumpkin Center and Alexis fire crews also responded to the scene to assist with directing traffic, clean-up spewed gravel and secure a fluid leak that occurred.

Firefighters agreed with troopers that the particular part of N.C. 73is known for being dangerous.

“The area is good for a couple wrecks a year,” Pumpkin Center firefighter Matthew Saunders said.

Fellow fireman Casey Saunders called the location “a bad stretch of road.”

Resident Teresa Sherrill watched the incident from her driveway Thursday morning.

“I’ve seen a lot of people get killed out here,” she said.

Lineberger Wrecker Service of Denver towed the truck from the scene.

 

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