LUMBERTON — A tractor-trailer rig turning on West Fifth Street in Lumberton on Tuesday flipped onto its side and delayed traffic for much of the afternoon.
The 18-wheeler was turning right from West Fifth Street near Exit 17 of Interstate 95 about 3 p.m. when the combination of sharp turn and steep incline bowled over the truck and the shipping container it was pulling. The container, which can weigh up to 70,000 lbs, was full of frozen chicken. The driver had stopped at a nearby fast-food restaurant for lunch.
It took two 35-ton tow trucks to pull the tractor-trailer upright.
Lumberton Fire Department Battalion Chief Jeffrey Martin, who was at the scene, said no one was hurt during the accident. The only person involved was the driver. A shotgun-like blast that was heard during the righting of the truck was a tire popping, Martin said.
Two Lumberton Fire Department units responded to the scene and stood by with hoses. Two Lumberton police officers directed traffic around the accident.
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