Salt brine, sun glare lead to wreck that injures two

From staff reports
Posted 1/14/22

Two truck drivers were transported to local hospitals Friday morning after a wreck on U.S. Highway 421, north of Lillington.

The Summerville Bunnlevel Fire Rescue Department was dispatched to the …

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Salt brine, sun glare lead to wreck that injures two

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Two truck drivers were transported to local hospitals Friday morning after a wreck on U.S. Highway 421, north of Lillington.

The Summerville Bunnlevel Fire Rescue Department was dispatched to the 2500 block of the highway in reference to a two-vehicle crash with a rollover shortly after 8 a.m.

Firefighters located a 26-foot box truck on its side and an 18-wheeler with a busted back door and spilled contents in the roadway.

The driver of the box truck was reportedly trapped inside and rescuers had to cut the driver free through the windshield.

The investigating trooper said the driver of the 18-wheeler partially pulled off of the roadway to clean off the salt brine sprayed on his window when the box truck driver — temporarily blinded by the sun — headed his way. The MegaChem box truck driver saw the truck at the last minute and swerved to miss it, hitting the DLC Trucking’s trailer with the box truck’s passenger side, according to the State Highway Patrol.

The impact ripped the trailer and box truck open, spilling some of the loads before the box truck flipped across the road’s shoulder and came to rest on its side.

Highway 421 was closed for hours while rescue workers and towing crews cleared the scene.

The extent of the drivers’ injuries were unknown as of Friday. Salt brine was sprayed on the roads Friday in anticipation of a winter storm on Sunday.

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