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Charges pending in 18-wheeler vs. tractor mower accident

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Batson said the tractor trailer was in the center of the median and the inside and outside lanes were closed in both directions. (Source: Lyn Spooner) Batson said the tractor trailer was in the center of the median and the inside and outside lanes were closed in both directions. (Source: Lyn Spooner)
Charges are pending in a traffic accident that happened around 1:00 Tuesday afternoon involving a tractor trailer and lawn mower. (Source: Pam Wooddell) Charges are pending in a traffic accident that happened around 1:00 Tuesday afternoon involving a tractor trailer and lawn mower. (Source: Pam Wooddell)
According to Deputy Fire Marshal Tommy Batson, a tractor trailer hauling 6,000 gallons of hot asphalt hit a man mowing the lawn along the westbound lane of I-40 West around mile marker 396 in Pender County. (Source: jmiller via See it, Snap it, Send it) According to Deputy Fire Marshal Tommy Batson, a tractor trailer hauling 6,000 gallons of hot asphalt hit a man mowing the lawn along the westbound lane of I-40 West around mile marker 396 in Pender County. (Source: jmiller via See it, Snap it, Send it)

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WECT) – Charges are pending in a traffic accident that happened around 1:00 Tuesday afternoon involving a tractor trailer and lawn mower.

According to Deputy Fire Marshal Tommy Batson, a tractor trailer hauling 6,000 gallons of hot asphalt hit a man mowing the lawn along the westbound lane of I-40 West around mile marker 396 in Pender County.

Batson said the 18-wheeler clipped the rear left tires of the mowing tractor then rolled on its side, finally coming to rest in the center of the median.

A minimal amount of asphalt was spilled and was contained and cleaned.

Both the driver of the tractor trailer, James Dove, and the lawn mower, Rutilio Cruz, were taken to the hospital.

Cruz was alert and talking, complaining of back pain, but his current condition is unknown. Dove was treated and released.

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