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Tractor trailer wreck closes NC 16 North

(Updated Sept. 29, 4:59 pm)
Wreck closes NC 16 North in Sugar Loaf

Emergency personnel were dispatched to a truck wreck on NC 16 North at the Vashti Rd. intersection (known as the Bumgarner Curve) in which a tractor trailer overturned and broke a utility pole, causing power lines to fall. NC State Highway Patrol, Alexander Rescue Squad, Alexander County EMS, and Sugar Loaf and Taylorsville fire departments responded to the scene.

Fire and Sheriff's Office personnel were rerouting traffic around the incident along St. Clair Rd. and Silas Deal Rd. Emergency radio traffic indicated that school bus routes were being adjusted for Sugar Loaf School due to the wreck and that the driver had only minor injury. Lettering on the side of the truck cab indicated the rig belonged to RCS Trucking of Purlear, NC.

According to Trooper R.A. Grogan of the NC State Highway Patrol Motor Carrier Division, the truck was operated by owner/operator Randy Stanley, age 40 of Purlear (Wilkes County). The truck was headed north on NC 16 when it ran off the road on the right shoulder, causing it to overturn. No other vehicles were involved in the incident. The truck was a 2000 Freightliner owned by Stanley, who was not injured in the wreck. Trooper Grogan issued a citation to Stanley for failure to maintain lane control.

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