Wreck blocks N.C. 101 traffic for hours

A Raleigh man escaped injury Tuesday morning when the truck he was driving flipped on its side, blocking traffic on N.C. 101 outside Havelock for hours.

Teron Teander was driving a box truck for Outdoor Craftsman Inc. when he ran off the road and overturned, leaving the vehicle on its side perpendicular to and blocking both lanes of travel along the two-lane road.

The wreck happened about 9:30 a.m., according to Trooper R.O. Melby, of the N.C. Highway Patrol, who is the investigating officer.

Teander was not injured in the wreck, which tore the storage compartment of the truck open, spilling tools and other items into the roadway and onto the shoulder.

The crash occurred in front of 4722 N.C. Highway 101, which about two-tenths of a mile east of Ball Farm Road in Carteret County near Adams Creek Road.

“Basically he ran off the road and overcorrected, snatched back on the wheel and flipped over,” said Trooper Melby. “It’s a soft shoulder.”

The Cherry Point Fire Department HAZMAT team was called to deal with leakage from a diesel fuel tank on the overturned truck.

Workers from Outdoor Craftsman Inc. climbed in an out of the torn roof of the truck to recover several tools and other items, loading them into pickup trucks that had been backed up to the truck.

After the truck was righted, more gas and oil spilled from the vehicle.

According to Theron McCabe, of the Harlowe Fire Department, sand was spread on the spilled gas and oil.

The wreck is still under investigation.

Fire departments from Harlowe, Mill Creek and Beaufort responded to the crash.