25-Year-Old Fuel Hauler Killed in Early Morning Accident
Smithfield, NC – A 25-year-old fuel hauler was killed when the truck he was driving overturned on a North Carolina interstate Sunday morning, sending thousands of gallons of fuel onto the roadway.
According the the North Carolina State Highway Patrol (NCSHP), the accident took place around 6:15 a.m. in the southbound lane of I-95, near Exit 93 (Brogden Road).
Officials identified the truck driver as Bryan Cook, 25, of Erwin, NC.
According to NCSHP, Cook — for unknown reasons — exited the roadway to the left and struck the guardrail.
The tanker then flipped over on its side, causing 4,000 gallons of gasoline to spill out.
“The guardrail did its job, keeping the southbound truck out of the northbound lanes but the truck overturned,” NCSHP Trooper Nathan Hocutt stated following the accident.
While the crash is currently under investigation, officials confirmed speed and impairment were not factors.
Cook was in en route to Fayetteville, NC at the time of the fatal crash.
He was driving for Reliable Tank Line, LLC out of Winston-Salem.
The interstate was closed in both directions until approximately 7 a.m. local time while investigators and clean-up crews were on scene.
At the time it reopened, four miles of back-up traffic remained, local outlet CBS17 reported.
Photos courtesy family & friends of Bryan Cook and WRAL