Fuel spill blocks I-40

JOHNSTON COUNTY Investigators say the driver of a pickup truck had some kind of seizure and slammed on the brakes. A semi tractor-trailer coming up behind slammed into the back of the smaller vehicle.

The semi then continued into the median and plowed into a wire barricade. The safety structure ripped out the truck's 200 gallon fuel tanks, spilling fuel for about a quarter mile down the highway.

The truck came to rest in the westbound lanes.

DOT workers spread sand on the interstate to soak up the spilled diesel fuel. Traffic in both directions was backed up for miles while they cleaned up the mess.

The road reopened at about 4:20 p.m.

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