KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) — A single-vehicle crash involving an 18-wheeler Wednesday morning closed down part of U.S. Hwy. 70 as officials tried to determine how much damage was done to a bridge at the scene.
Murry Stroud, director of Lenoir County Emergency Services, said the crash happened just before 8:30 a.m. Lenoir County 911 received a call about a crash on the Hwy. 70 Neuse River bridge. Fire department personnel found the 18-wheeler resting on the top rail of the bridge.
The tanker was reported to be empty, Stroud said in a media release, and no fluids were leaking from the truck. The driver of the truck was not hurt.
N.C. Department of Transportation crews immediately closed the westbound outside lane of the highway where it crosses the Neuse River on the west side of town.
After inspection, maintenance crews determined the bridge is safe, but a lane needs to remain closed until the bridge is repaired, which is expected to take about two weeks. The repairs include patching concrete posts and railing.
While the second westbound lane will remain open, NCDOT encourages drivers to seek alternate routes, when possible, as there will likely be congestion in the area – especially Fridays and Sundays as travelers head to and from the beach.
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North Lenoir Fire & Rescue, Lenoir County Emergency Management, Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office and the North Carolina Highway Patrol were also on scene.