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Construction zone wreck causes havoc

One lane of northbound traffic on Huell Matthews Highway (Highway 501 South) near the Virginia/North Carolina state line was blocked Wednesday afternoon following a wreck that occurred around 3 p.m., seven-tenths of a mile south of State Route 96.  

According to Virginia State Trooper P. W. Leath, Virginia Department of Transportation employees were working to pave the lane when a contracted truck, a 2000 Mack truck driven by Jerry Nelson Rose of Birch River, West Virginia, “pulled away from the orange paver” in the left lane into the right lane into the path of a 1993 International flatbed tractor-trailer driven by Benjamin Burgess of Rocky Mount, N.C. 

The flatbed tractor-trailer, carrying mulch and manure, was owned by Cargocare Transportation Co., Inc., out of Rocky Mount, N.C. and was not part of the construction work underway on Highway 501, said Leath.  

As the Mack truck entered the path of the International flatbed, the flatbed struck the Mack truck, Leath said. 

The International flatbed then veered slightly to the left striking the side mirror of a 1998 Freightliner that was backing up to start dumping material. 

The 1998 Freightliner was driven by Harold Anderson Martin of Birch River, West Virginia. 

Even though Leath said very minimal damage was done to the Mack truck and the Feightliner, only the side mirror was damaged, he added, “It was a mess.”  

“The flatbed had to be hauled away,” Leath said. 

Rose was charged with failure to yield the right of way. 

Leath said no driver or construction worker on the scene was injured.