78,000 pounds of metal shavings on highway
A man hauling 78,000 pounds of crushed metal lost control of his tractor-trailer on U.S.74 Monday morning, resulting in lane closures for hours.
According to the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Daniel Gibbons, 60, of Columbia, S.C. was driving for Kerns Trucking when he ran off the shoulder of the highway at about 11:18 a.m. He was not injured.
"He told me he looked in his rear view mirror for a second and then traveled off the road to the right onto the soft shoulder," Trooper W.S. Morrow said.
When he ran off the road, Gibbons overcorrected, traveled across the two lanes, off the road and hit the median guard cables, and the median before jerking the truck back onto the road.
He then traveled back across the road. "His trailer went one way and he went the other," Morrow said. "The trailer never did turn over, but the load shifted and began spilling out the back," Morrow said.
The metal came out the back and was scattered all over the west bound lanes.
One lane of the east bound traffic was also shut down briefly while mud and debris were cleared.
One of the west bound lanes was open as quickly as possible, but it was approximately 2 1/2 hours before the roadway was fully open again to all traffic.
The Department of Transportation crews pushed the metal to the right side ditch where Kerns Trucking reloaded it onto another truck.Gibbons was transporting the metal to sell in Kentucky.
He was charged with failure to maintain lane control.
Assisting at the scene were Sandy Mush firefighters, Highway Patrol, Department of Transportation,Rutherford County EMS, Rutherford County Rescue, crime control and sheriff's officers.