- Associated Press - Friday, January 29, 2016

SALUDA, N.C. (AP) - The N.C. Highway Patrol says a truck driver was killed in an accident on Interstate 26 that closed eastbound lanes for three hours.

Trooper H. M. Martin told local news media outlets that 52-year-old Tony Joseph Hurst of Chapin, South Carolina, was driving a tractor-trailer eastbound around 2:15 a.m. Friday when his rig ran off the road, struck a guardrail and overturned.

Investigators don’t suspect speed, alcohol or weather were factors in the wreck, but are continuing to look into the accident. Troopers say Hurst was wearing his seatbelt but died on the scene.

All eastbound lanes were closed for about three hours after the crash. Troopers say a crane was needed to remove the container, which was filled with small plastic pellets typically melted down to make plastic goods.

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