BURLINGTON, North Carolina — An overturned tractor-trailer shut down a portion of NC 49 in Alamance County Wednesday morning.
The crash took place at 7:24 a.m. near Beale Road.
The North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the crash involved a 2007 Freightliner operated by Discount Box and Pallet Inc. of Liberty Hill driven by Dominic Inzerillo, 50, of Winston-Salem. Inzerillo’s truck is the kind of truck that people use for things like heavy hauling and other large loads. Therefore, the danger that trucks like this present when they get into accidents are quite serious.
The trailer was loaded with fiber bundles when the accident occurred. Bundles like these can be really dangerous, but luckily they didn’t cause any significant damage this time.
NC 49 Crash Began Under Unknown Circumstances
Inzerillo was traveling north on NC 49 and went off the roadway to the right in the curve, overturned, struck a tree, and then came to rest on its side on the northbound shoulder. Traffic stopped almost immediately, as it was hard to miss such a large vehicle on its side.
Authorities responded quickly to the scene and found the driver in reasonably decent condition. Inzerillo was taken to Moses Cone Hospital by Alamance County EMS for minor injuries.
NCDOT officials have a detour in place as this portion of NC 49 will be closed for several hours. This detour will affect traffic for a long time while cleanup and police investigations take place.
Inzerillo has been charged with failure to maintain lane. This charge is not exclusive to truck drivers, but the law rarely uses it for people who aren’t truckers. After all, trucks are a lot more dangerous than your average vehicle when it comes to accidents. Hopefully Inzerillo faces justice that makes it less likely that this kind of accident will happen in the future.