COLUMBIA, N.C. (WVEC) -- Authorities say a man died Saturday after a tractor trailer overturned on the Lindsay C. Warren Bridge in Columbia.
Tyrell County Sheriff Darryl Livermen says high winds from Tropical Storm Hermine caused the truck to overturn around 9:45 a.m.
Officials reported wind gusts of up to 116 miles per hour earlier Saturday.
North Carolina Highway Patrol identified the driver as 64-year-old Michael Wade of Sophia, NC. He was an employee of Harris Teeter and worked out of their Greensboro distribution center.
Harris Teeter told WFMY News 2, "The entire Harris Teeter family is deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague. Our condolences are with his family and friends. He served Harris Teeter for 12 years and was recognized for the last nine years in a row with our company's esteemed Safe Driving award."
The two-lane bridge spans about three miles across the Alligator River, connecting Tyrrell County to Dare County. The 56-year-old bridge has been considered for replacement.