DURHAM — The driver of a tractor-trailer carrying a toxic chemical that overturned on Interstate 85 Wednesday evening, shutting down the southbound lanes for most of the evening, remained in critical but stable condition at Duke Hospital, police said.
Brian Eugene Thomas, 48, of Sayer Avenue in Baltimore, was driving the truck for Jevic Transportation Inc. of Delanco, N.J., police said. He was traveling southbound near the Hillandale Road exit when a set of tires came off the rear axle of a northbound tow truck, driven by Harry Scott Fox of Charlottesville, Va., crossed the median and struck the driver's side window of Thomas' truck, which led the tractor-trailer to overturn on the right shoulder.
No charges have been filed, but the accident remains under investigation, police said. Officers from state Motor Carrier Enforcement will inspect the tow truck, police said.
The tractor-trailer was carrying 30 barrels of benzyl chloride, used in a wide variety of agricultural and manufacturing processes. The southbound lanes of I-85 were closed as the Durham Fire Department's Hazardous Materials Team removed the barrels.