Overturned 18-wheeler on I-540 blocks Knightdale Bypass

From staff reportsJune 18, 2014 

MECHELLE HANKERSON — mhankerson@newsobserver.com Buy Photo

— An overturned 18-wheeler in Knightdale on I-540 took about four hours to clean up and required some drivers to find an alternate route to the eastern part of the county.

Knightdale police responded to the overturned vehicle, on the I-540 ramp to get onto Highway 64 East. No other vehicles were involved and the driver, 52-year-old Jerry Lynch of Whitakers, had minor injuries.

Knightdale police Capt. Lawrence Capps said the accident was likely caused by Lynch driving at a higher-than-safe speed for a vehicle that size.

“The grade of that down slope and the curvature of the ramp there, all those things coming together at the inopportune time caused the vehicle to overturn,” he said.

Right now, Lynch is not being cited for any kind of traffic violation.

Lynch’s vehicle belonged to Barnes Transportaion, a company based in Wilson. Capps said they were not sure of Lynch’s destination, but believed he was heading back to Wilson.

The truck was full of large spools of wires that required clean up late into the evening.

The vehicle had to be emptied before moving the wrecked vehicle. Initially, police estimated it would take about two hours, meaning clean up would finish up right around 7 p.m., but the 18-wheeler wasn’t even put back on its wheels until about 8 p.m.

After that, police still had to clear the vehicle from the ramp.

“Fortunately, where that accident occurred at the dead end of I-540, its a pretty isolated location,” Capps said. During clean up, Police redirected traffic west on 540, toward Raleigh.

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