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Bonner Bridge (WGHP File Photo)

Bonner Bridge (WGHP File Photo)

RODANTHE, N.C. — The highway that connects Hatteras Island with the mainland has reopened to 4-wheel-drive traffic during daylight hours only after being closed while authorities investigated an accident that killed a state Transportation Department worker.

The accident on N.C. 12 south of the Bonner Bridge closed the road for several hours early Sundy. It occurred where crews were removing sand after Hurricane Sandy and a nor’easter.

DOT identified the employee as 37-year-old Michael Brad Stevenson of Hertford, who had worked for the department for about 15 years.

The state Highway Patrol is investigating the accident, which involved Stevenson and other employee, who was injured. Both were operating dump trucks.

The highway had just reopened Saturday to 4-wheel-drive traffic only after being closed because of damage from the storms.

Credit: The Associated Press.

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