Drone video: Truck spills cabbage, traffic backed up for miles
A tractor-trailer carrying produce crashed while attempting to avoid collision with another vehicle in Zebulon Thursday morning, spilling cabbage across the highway.
The crash occurred just before 9 a.m. on eastbound U.S. 64/264 in Zebulon at mile marker 435, under the Shepard School Road bridge near the split of the two highways.
The incident, which resulted in the truck spilling diesel fuel, impacted traffic for several hours.
"The goal is to clear the scene as quickly as possible with the realization that the highway will be subject to increased traffic due to the Easter holiday," Zebulon police Chief Tim Hayworth said as traffic backed up into the afternoon.
Hayworth said a vehicle pulling onto the eastbound highway from the Arendell Avenue exit merged in front of the tractor-trailer.
The tractor-trailer lost control while trying but failing to avoid collision with the vehicle. The driver of the merging vehicle has been charged with failure to yield.
The trailer carrying cabbage spun loose, Hayworth said, and struck the bridge structure and guard rail and cables, turning the trailer onto its side and ripping the trailer open "like a can opener." Three other vehicles were damaged.
The truck driver was transported for treatment for back and neck pains, officials said.
“He’s lucky that he got through there,” Hayworth said.
Traffic was initially limited to one lane in both directions.