RALEIGH — Police say a truck driver was intoxicated and had an open container of alcohol when he clipped a pickup truck on eastbound Interstate 40 late Wednesday morning, snarling traffic near Rock Quarry Road for more than two hours.
Alan Creighton George of Statesville was driving a rented box truck when he hit the rear left corner of a Dodge Ram owned by the Wake County Board of Education, according to a Raleigh police accident report. Police charged George, 42, with DWI, having an open container and careless and reckless driving.
The pickup, which was traveling an estimated 55 mph, spun left into the median’s guardrail and flipped over. The truck, traveling 65 mph, overcorrected after hitting the truck, swerved and overturned in the middle of the interstate.
Both George and the driver of the pickup, George Byron Bright of Raleigh, were hospitalized with injuries that were not life-threatening, according to the report.
The wreck took place shortly before 11 a.m. and took more than two hours to clean up. Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue said spilled diesel fuel largely accounted for the cleanup time.