ROCKINGHAM, N.C. — A tractor-trailer hauling recycled materials flipped onto its side Monday evening on U.S. 1 South, blocking traffic in both directions near the South Carolina state line.
Robert Rice, and independent trucker from Florence, South Carolina, said he was uninjured in the wreck and signed a waiver declining to be taken to a hospital. He said he was lucky to be up walking around as he pressed the call button on his iPhone.
“I’m trying to call my family right now,” Rice said. “Sometimes I get a signal out here, and sometimes I don’t.”
Rice said he’s been driving for 16 or 17 years, and instructors don’t train you for this kind of thing in truck driving school.
“I didn’t have time to really feel anything,” he said. “By the time I realized it was going to flip, it had already happened.”
The Cordova Fire Department, deputies from the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office and troopers from the North Carolina Highway Patrol responded to the scene and had traffic stopped in both lanes of the two-lane stretch of U.S. 1 about a mile south of Osborne Road. The wreck happened around 7:15 p.m.
Rice said he has a wife and kids and felt lucky he would be able to get home to them later Monday evening.