Driver charged with DWI after tanker truck flips on its side in Granville County

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Authorities responded to a serious crash involving a tanker truck on N.C. Highway 56 in Granville County Friday evening.

Authorities responded to a serious crash involving a tanker truck on N.C. Highway 56 in Granville County Friday evening.

The tanker flipped onto its side after hitting a mailbox, going down an embankment and then striking a utility pole around 5:30 p.m.

The truck driver, 41-year-old Jack Watts, of King, N.C. will be charged with commercial DWI after the crash. Commercial DWI carries a lower legal limit -- .04 blood alcohol content instead of .08 for regular drivers.

Watts was taken to Granville Regional Medical Center. He was seen up and walking at the scene after crash, but later said he was injured.

The truck was carrying fuel when it flipped. No fuel spilled, however.

"We got an environmental clean-up crew down there now offloading that fuel into another tanker," said Brandon Gardner with the State Highway Patrol. "Once they do that, the towing company is going to raise the truck up and clear that from the scene."

The truck was owned by Ace Transfer in Kenly.

The accident knocked out power to people living in the area. The road was closed for hours.

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