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Trailer Buckles; Blocks the Turn Lane by United Bank in Zebulon

ZEBULON - About 3:10 p.m. this afternoon, a truck carrying a trailer full of bales of cotton ended up stranded in the turning lane north of United Bank. While the truck was attempting to turn to go south bound, the top of the trailer buckled leaving the rig stranded until a solution could be found to unload the bales and clear the lane.

No one was hurt, and the lane was cleared a little after 7 p.m. tonight after the side of the rig was torn out to remove the load.

Thank you to Peggi Payton and Diana Clark for notifying me of this incident.

Pike County Times was out on the scene today and will report more details tomorrow. More photos are below the article.

Update 5.16.17:

Major Jason Smith of the City of Zebulon Police Department advised today that the driver was pulling around the turn in order to park in his parking place at the pallet company when this incident happened. He was carrying 40,000 pounds of cotton. The driver advised law enforcement that he felt a tug on the back end of the truck and the trailer broke apart.

Motor Carrier Compliance Division (MCCD) came out to the scene and issued a citation for operation of unsafe equipment. Perkins Towing and Recovery were called to the scene to clear the load and remove the trailer. Marty Perkins brought a subcontractor to the scene who used a backhoe to tear out the side of the truck and remove the load of cotton before the trailer was removed.

No one was hurt, and the turning lane was cleared a little after 7 p.m.


Photo courtesy of Peggi Payton.