Last Wednesday afternoon was a slow one for fellow drivers of the Hickory area. A large portion of one of the major roadways in Hickory, Tate Boulevard, was shut down for several hours due to an overturned tractor-trailer, causing major delays in traffic.
The wreck involved only one tractor-trailer that overturned while attempting to make a sharp left turn onto Tate Blvd. from 26th Street Drive in Hickory. The accident occurred around 3:10 p.m. Speed attributed to the cause of the accident, as the driver of the tractor-trailer did not slow his rig to the speed needed to make the angle of the turn.
Making matters worse, as the officials attempted to turn the vehicle upright, the truck was quickly compromised and caught aflame. Apparently, the truck was carrying fuel, in which one of the barrels has a leak that initiated the fire.The Hickory Fire Department was subsequently called to the scene.
Thereafter, another tractor-trailer was called to the scene to unload the fuel and other supplies from the overturned vehicle in order to lighten the load and turn the vehicle upright, once and for all.
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