Lumber truck driver dies when cab sinks in Haw River

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Truck in Haw River in Chatham County (WTVD)

PITTSBORO, N.C. — The North Carolina Highway Patrol said the driver of a tractor-trailer loaded with lumber was killed when the rig struck a bridge and the cab rolled into the Haw River.

Patrol Sgt. Jeff Gordon said the rig was heading north on U.S. 1 in Chatham County Thursday when it rolled off the shoulder and hit the bridge. Gordon said the cab went down an embankment and into the river, where it submerged.

The patrol identified the driver as Ronald Mack Brown, 49, of Sanford.

One northbound lane was closed south of exit 81 and was expected to remain closed into the evening.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

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