Tractor Trailer Crashes On US 70

SMITHFIELD – A tractor trailer was involved in a single vehicle accident around 2:50 pm Wednesday on US Highway 70 Business East at Yelverton Grove Road.

The Highway Patrol said the semi was headed westbound when the driver ran off the roadway to the right into a ditch in front of East Coast Equipment, struck a group of rocks, traveled over Yelverton Grove Road, and landed in a ditch across the highway striking a church sign. The trailer stretched across Yelverton Grove Road with the rear axles separated.

The truck had the name of Coker Feed Mill of Goldsboro on the door. It was hauling bird feed and animal feed products.

The driver was treated at the scene for minor injuries. The Highway Patrol said the driver would face charges.

One lane of US 70 has been closed until the accident can be cleared. The roadway is expected to fully reopen early this evening.