Truck tips, blocking road for most of the day

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 13, 2015

A tractor trailer overturned Thursday morning, leaving a piece of NC Highway 152 closed for most of the day.

The wreck happened at 8:55 a.m., just east of Shuping Mill Road and 5.4 miles east of China Grove.

“The truck driver stated he was traveling east on 152 and tried to avoid a deer in the road,” said N.C. State Highway Patrol Trooper B.P. Potts.

In doing so, he ran off the side of the road and overcorrected. The truck hit the embankment on the left side of the road and the trailer hit the embankment on the right side, causing the vehicle to tip over.

The driver, George Timothy Baker, 46, from Georgia, was not injured, but was charged with failure to maintain line control.

The truck was registered to Joe Underwood Trucking of Americus, Georgia, and was carrying brick faces for fireplaces.

Potts said he expected Highway 152 to be blocked blocked until roughly 4 p.m.

In addition to the Highway Patrol, Bostian Heights Fire Department, the N.C. Department of Transportation, the Rowan County Fire Marshal and Rockwell Rural Fire Department responded to the accident.