|UPDATE: Tractor-Trailer Wreck Closes NC 18|
|Written by Steve Frank|
|Thursday, 10 February 2011 13:21|
NC 18 was closed near the Wilkes-Alleghany line most of Thursday afternoon—then again most of the night for a wreck involving a tractor-trailer.
Rescue units from Wilkes and Alleghany were called to the scene of the 12:15pm after the driver lost control, and his rig careened 150 feet off of the highway, over the embankment and rolling over as it crashed into trees. The passenger, Illinois resident Sharon Malone was pinned in, pushed back into the sleeper area by the impact, while driver Dennis Schlze of Wisconsin hurt, but he managed to make his way back to the road and seek help. Baptist AirCare was called to the scene, a landing zone set up near the wreck, said to be near Blue Ridge Tabernacle Church. The highway was again closed most of the night to facilitate the recovery of the truck and deal with its load of yogurt. The state patrol is issuing several charges from the wreck, according to the investigator.
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