Road blocked after Panera tractor-trailer overturns in High Point

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HIGH POINT, N.C. — A High Point roadway was blocked for two hours while crews work to clear an overturned tractor-trailer. 

Capt. Kirk with the High Point Police Department t said the truck driver swerved to miss a deer when it overturned on Tarrant Road off Piedmont Parkway around 9am Friday morning. 

The driver 45 year old Marshall Cope was driving his tractor trailer to the Panera Bread manufacturing building when he swerved to miss a deer and crashed into a ditch. Cope was sent to Moses Cone Hospital with minor injuries.

Investigating officer Danny Bundy said Cope will be charged with a citation for failing to maintain control of your lane.

Officer Bundy said now that temperatures are cooling down , deer are more likely to move throughout the woods and onto the roadways.
Bundy said to stay alert and drive slow to avoid hitting a deer a getting a ticket.

According to a State Farm Insurance report, North Carolina ranks 21st in the nation for the most amount of deer related crashes. Every 1 out of 135 drivers are expected to hit a deer at some point this year.