Police identify driver killed in tractor-trailer accident on I-77 in Yadkin Co.

YADKIN COUNTY, N.C. — The driver of a tractor-trailer that crashed on I-77 southbound at mile marker 79 has died. 

Police have identified the driver of the truck as 40-year-old James Griffith of New Bern.

The accident closed southbound I-77 for several hours on Thursday morning.

As of 12:30 p.m., one southbound lane was open.

The Elkin Tribune is reporting the victim was a driver for Super Service tractor-trailer.

Kevin Manning, who lives in Georgia, told the paper he was behind the truck when it swerved off the road, struck a guard rail and crashed into a concrete barrier at the Highway 21 overpass.

Police have not determined what caused Griffith to drive off the road.