NEW INFO: Truck carrying explosive material overturns on U.S. 64 exit ramp

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WITN) – Eastbound lanes of a major highway through one Eastern Carolina city were closed after a truck carrying blasting caps and other explosive material overturned just before sunrise Friday.

Rocky Mount firefighters say the crash happened around 6:45 a.m. as the large truck was trying to exit U.S. 64 onto Atlantic Avenue.

Initially, all four lanes of the highway were shut down, and businesses within a half-mile were evacuated.

The truck belonged to Alston Sales and was traveling from Garner to the rock quarry on Highway 97. It had leaked diesel fuel when it turned over.

Firefighters said the truck had blasting caps and boosters on board. Technicians from the State Bureau of Investigation and the Raleigh Police Department Bomb Squad were brought in to safely remove the explosives.

Authorities said the truck took the ramp too fast and it slipped off the road. The driver, 43-year-old Jeremy Crews, from West Virginia, was charged with exceeding safe speed.

Westbound lanes of U.S. 64 reopened around 1:30 p.m., while a private company is handling the environmental clean-up of the scene.

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