Hwy. 52 Reopened; Shoulder To Remain Closed For Cleanup
Tractor-Trailer Carrying Ammunition Crashes, Spills Fuel
POSTED: 9:31 pm EST December 18, 2008
UPDATED: 2:03 pm EST December 19, 2008
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Authorities were still cleaning up after a tractor-trailer hauling small arms ammunition wrecked on a Highway 52, but all lanes of traffic were moving again by noon Friday, Winston-Salem police said.
One lane of the highway was reopened just after 8 a.m. after the crash Thursday evening closed the stretch of highway between the Highway 66 exit and Hanes Mill Road. The shoulder of the highway remained closed Friday afternoon.
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The truck, carrying 40,000 pounds of small-arms ammunition, crashed through a guardrail and plunged down an embankment, police said, causing a small fuel spill. The fuel spill has since been contained.
It wasn't immediately known what caused the truck to crash.
One northbound lane was also briefly closed due to a second onlooker crash. No injuries were reported in that crash.
The driver of the truck was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.