Tractor-trailer overturns on ramp, spills load of chicken feed

Jul. 09, 2013 @ 04:07 PM

Around 5:30 p.m., Monday, members of the Monroe fire and police departments responded to the on ramp from U.S. 74 to Skyway Drive in reference to an overturned tractor-trailer.

According to a report from the Monroe Police Department, Paul Alexander Smith, 56, of 771 RC Overman Road, Siler City, was the driver of the vehicle.

As of about 6 p.m. that day, crews were working to investigate the wreck and clear the roadway.

“The driver was injured, but it does not appear to be life threatening,” Monroe Fire Chief Ron Fowler said Monday.

The driver was taken to Carolinas Medical Center-Union after the wreck. The overturned tractor-trailer was carrying poultry feed for Pilgrim’s Pride, Fowler said.

It was estimated that the ramp would be closed about two hours while crews work to clear the roadway, he said.

According to a report from the Monroe Police Department, the truck was traveling west on U.S. 74 and merged onto the on ramp to NC 601 North (Skyway Drive) from U.S. 74 and had geared down to eighth gear when the driver was making the turn. Smith said that he was going 20 to 25 mph when he noticed the trailer leaning to the left and at that time, he braced himself for impact. The North Carolina Department of Transportation was called in to assist in cleaning up the road due to the amount of feed across the roadway.

Smith was charged with exceeded safe speed after the wreck, according to the report.

The truck was hauling 37,000 lbs of chicken feed, 10,000 lbs of which, spilled onto the road way. It cost around $5,000 in all to clean up the chicken feed from the road, according to an e-mail from the Monroe Police Department.