Tractor-trailer overturns at Pilot


A tow-truck operator attaches a chain to a wheel of a tractor-tractor Tuesday morning in an effort to turn the rig over after an accident along U.S. 52.


Ferris Simpson | The News

PILOT MOUNTAIN — A tractor-trailer hauling rock products overturned at Pilot Mountain Tuesday morning, but the driver escaped injury.

The incident occurred around 3:15 a.m. on U.S. 52 just south of the N.C. 268 exit, according to Surry County Emergency Services Director John Shelton.

Shelton said the rig, which was southbound on U.S. 52 at the time, left the roadway and overturned, remaining that way for at least five hours until crews could remove the vehicle.

While resulting in no injuries, the mishap left dozens of boxes and rock pieces used in construction applications scattered in a grassy area between U.S. 52 and Black Mountain Road. That road was closed to allow crews access to the site.

Steven Spears Trucking (SST) of Monroe was identified as the owner of the tractor-trailer, which appeared to receive substantial damage.

The driver of the vehicle was not identified, but also is believed to be from out of town.

It was not known Tuesday what might have caused the accident.

The N.C. Highway Patrol was on the scene, but the trooper who investigated the crash was unavailable for further details Tuesday.

Tom Joyce may be reached at 336-415-4693 or on Twitter @Me_Reporter.

A tow-truck operator attaches a chain to a wheel of a tractor-tractor Tuesday morning in an effort to turn the rig over after an accident along U.S. 52.
http://mtairynews.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/web1_Pilot-Truck-Wreck-June-14.jpgA tow-truck operator attaches a chain to a wheel of a tractor-tractor Tuesday morning in an effort to turn the rig over after an accident along U.S. 52. Ferris Simpson | The News
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