Tractor-trailer carrying 40,000 pounds of vodka overturns along NC highway

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CLAYTON, N.C. — A tractor-trailer full of 40,000 pounds of vodka overturned near a busy North Carolina highway Thursday morning.

It happened around 6 a.m. along US-70 in Clayton.

The truck flipped while making a right turn. The driver was reportedly OK after a passerby helped him get out of the vehicle.

Authorities told WTVD that uprighting the tractor-trailer with 17 pallets of vodka – weighing 40,000 lbs – was easier said than done. Multiple tow trucks had to be called to the scene, taking longer than expected.

Troopers faulted the driver, 33-year-old Johnathan Davis Chrissy, of Georgia, for the crash, according to WRAL. They say he did not lock down the load.