JOHNSTON COUNTY, N.C. (WNCN/AP) – Authorities say 25-year-old Bryan Cook of Erwin was killed when the tanker he was driving overturned on I-95 in Johnston County Sunday morning.
The crash happened around 6:15 a.m. near Exit 93 (Brogden Road).
The southbound lanes were closed until 7 p.m. while the investigation and clean-up took place. Four miles of backed-up traffic remained after the highway reopened.
Authorities say the tanker Cook was driving was from Reliable Tank Line, LLC out of Winston-Salem and was hauling fuel.
Authorities say the crash happened when the tanker went off the road to the left, struck a guardrail and overturned. An estimated 4,000 gallons of gasoline spilled from the tanker.
A detour has been set up for the southbound lanes. Drivers should take Exit 97 (US-70). Make a right at end of ramp. Follow US-70 until US-301. Turn left onto US-301. Follow US-301 for approximately 7 miles to re-access I-95 South.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation and authorities say speed and drugs were not factors.