Tractor-trailer overturns in Guilford County; driver killed

GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. — A fatal crash involving a tractor-trailer was reported on I-73 southbound in Guilford County on Wednesday morning.

Officials said the tractor-trailer was getting off the Business 85 North ramp, but was going too fast, hit the guardrail and flipped over. The crash was reported around 2:45 a.m.

The accident forced the closure of the one lane ramp of Exit 97A at about 3:30 a.m. and the roadway is expected to remain closed until 9 p.m. tonight while the N.C. Highway Patrol investigates the crash and clears the scene.

Troopers confirmed the wreck is fatal, but the identity of the driver has not been released. No other vehicles were involved.

The driver was moving boxes, which will be removed from the truck and stored with Garrett’s Towing & Recovery until they can be returned to owners, officials said. It is still not cleared where the truck was coming from and headed.

The scene is still active and the ramp remains closed. Troopers said it could take well into the afternoon to get the scene cleared.

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