ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (WITN) – Rocky Mount residents near U.S. 64 and Atlantic Avenue were ordered to evacuate Friday morning after a truck carrying “explosive material” overturned.
WRAL reports that traffic was shut down in both directions at an exit ramp from Atlantic Avenue onto U.S. 64. Authorities warned people within a half-mile radius of the crash site to stay away.
Authorities at the scene said the diesel truck took too sharp of a turn and slipped off the road. A source told WRAL that that truck was carrying explosives to a rock quarry when it slid off the road.
As of 1:15 p.m., authorities said explosives were still inside the truck; diesel fuel also spilled out of it.
The driver of the truck, 43-year-old Jeremy Crews, from West Virginia, was charged with exceeding safe speed.
Rocky Mount set up a command center and a private hazmat team to control the cleanup and a State Bureau of Investigation team was set to arrive on the scene to investigate what happened.
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