On February 13, rescuers worked more than an hour to free the driver of a tanker truck who suffered personal injuries in a crash on N.C. 24 in Moore County in which the truck hit an engine knocked out of a vehicle that hit a tree minutes earlier.
The North Carolina Highway Patrol said that the truck’s driver, 67-year-old Fayetteville resident Alford Earl Young received air transport to Duke Hospital after being cut from the wreckage of the 18-wheeler.
Trooper J.T. Gaddy said that Young was driving a tanker, registered with Slay Transportation Co. Inc. in Fayetteville, that was filled with glue. He was westbound on N.C. 24 near the Montgomery County line when he swerved to avoid an engine sitting in the middle of the highway.
The engine had been knocked out of an eastbound 2006 Dodge minivan driven by 19-year-old Sanford resident Christopher Ryan Jones, who dozed off and lost control of the vehicle. It was traveling at an approximate rate of 55 mph when it collided with the tree.
Gaddy said Young’s truck approached the scene around 3:20 a.m. He said after colliding with the engine, the tanker overturned and came to rest on its right side.
Gaddy said Jones received transport to FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital with minor injuries.