Interstate 95 in Smithfield was shut down Sunday following a fatal crash involving a fuel tanker. At 6:16am, a tanker that had just filled up in Selma and was headed to Fayetteville, overturned in the median near the Brogden Road Exit.
The driver, Bryan Cook, 25, of Erwin, ran off the roadway into the soft median and struck the guardrail near the 93 mile marker causing the truck to overturn. Cook, who was wearing a seat belt, died from injuries received in the crash. Impairment and speed were not involved, according to the Highway Patrol.
Approximately 4,000 gallons of gasoline spilled from the overturned tanker.
Several fire departments responded to the crash, along with Johnston Emergency Services, Johnston County EMS, the NC Department of Transportation and State Highway Patrol.
Traffic has been detoured off I-95 onto Highway 301 causing significant delays. The interstate is expected to reopen by 5:00pm this afternoon.
Crews will return to the scene next week to complete the cleanup and replace the damaged median guardrail.