Driver charged following dump truck crash in Burlington

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BURLINGTON, N.C. — A dump truck overturned and spilled fuel and gravel Thursday morning at Church and Davis streets in Burlington.

Parker Junious Bradsher, 49, of Mebane, was operating a 2007 Kenworth commercial dump truck traveling northeast on U.S. 70/South Church Street.

Bradsher lost control of the vehicle causing the load of gravel he was hauling to shift, which caused the dump truck to overturn onto its side. The dump truck traveled approximately 109 feet on its side into the parking lot of Subway and Salvation Army at Davis Street and Church Street where it struck three parked, unoccupied vehicles.

Bradsher was able to exit the vehicle on his own. He was evaluated by Alamance County EMS on the scene and did not require any treatment.

As a result of the crash, approximately 50 to 100 gallons of diesel fuel were spilled from the dump truck along with the load of gravel being hauled. The Burlington Fire Department immediately began hazard mitigation of the fuel spill. The fuel spill was contained to the parking lot of Subway and Salvation Army.

A&D Environmental was contacted by Burlington Emergency Management and responded to the scene to conduct the fuel clean up.

Based on the investigation it was determined that Bradsher was at fault and was charged with careless and reckless driving by the Burlington Police Department. The North Carolina Highway Patrol also responded to the scene due to the involvement of a commercial motor vehicle. Highway Patrol cited Bradsher for driver fatigue and no record of duty status.

Damage to the vehicles involved, city landscaping and a city light pole were estimated in excess of approximately $132,000.

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