Tractor-trailer carrying alcohol overturns on US 52 in Winston-Salem

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — A tractor-trailer carrying Mike’s Hard Lemonade overturned late Wednesday night on U.S. 52 in Winston-Salem, snarling traffic overnight and into Thursday morning. 

According to police, the tractor-trailer overturned around 10 p.m. after hitting a guardrail on U.S. Highway 52 South between Bethania-Rural Hall and Ziglar roads. 

The crash prompted the closure of all southbound lanes of the highway in the immediately-surrounding area. 

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured, police said. 

The rig is owned by EPES Transportation of Greensboro.

The exact cause of the collision is still being investigated.

Around 7 a.m., authorities reported another wreck on U.S. 52 South in Rural Hall, a few miles north of Bethania-Rural Hall Road.  The right shoulder of highway was closed in that area until about 9 a.m.

The accident is the latest in many tractor trailers hitting the bridge in recent years.

“What we’ve tried to do is make the bridge visible to the drivers,” said David Spainhour with the NC DOT.

The bridge has been in in place for decades but only had problems with tractor trailers in recent years.

Several DOT studies have found nothing wrong with the bridge or road. Police say many of the accident cases are due to driver fatigue.

The DOT has added thicker lines, more reflectors, reflecting tape and rumble strips.

“We’ve gone well above what’s normal just to try and make the bridge bright enough so they can see it,” Spainhour said.

Crews will add more rumble strips over the painted lines this Spring.

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