A body that may have been the driver of a tractor-trailer that plunged into the Neuse River 42 days ago was discovered Saturday morning in the Neuse River.
Law enforcement, fire and rescue and emergency services personnel had cordoned off the parking lot at the King Street extension boat ramp Saturday morning and no one was giving out any information at that time.
Sgt. R.C. Haddock of the N.C. Highway Patrol said he was told a duck hunter discovered the body not far from the King Street extension boat ramp.
“We can’t identify the body yet,” Haddock said. “It has been sent to the medical examiner. We won’t know anything for sure until we hear back from the medical examiner.”
The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the accident involving the missing truck driver.
Samuel Kornegay, Lenoir County emergency management planner, said Friday the search had been cut back to every other day instead of every day. But crews from the different fire departments and Wildlife Resources Commission were still going out to search.
According to a Highway Patrol report, the driver of the tractor-trailer was working for Kack Enterprise LLC. of Fayetteville.
Kack Enterprise LLC, founded by two U.S. Army veterans, services private sector customers and governmental agencies, according to its website.
The truck driver has been missing since Dec. 9, when his tractor trailer lost control on U.S. 70 West, ran off the road to the right and into the guardrails leading to the concrete bridge guardrails. The driver then apparently overcorrected, crossing the highway and crashed into the median concrete guardrail and plunged into the Neuse River near the Wildlife boat ramp, according to highway patrol reports.
U.S. 70 eastbound and westbound lanes from N.C. 11/55 (Skinner’s Bypass) to the Vernon Avenue turnoff were close Dec. 9 and half the following day while the tractor trailer was removed from the river and the Department of Transportation inspected the bridge to make sure it was safe for traffic.