1 Dead After Tractor-Trailer Overturns On I-40/85 In Graham

Tractor-Trailer Overturns On Highway In Graham

GRAHAM, N.C. -- The driver of a tractor-trailer has died after crashing into a highway pole while driving on I-40/85 in Graham.

Photos: Deadly Crash Involving Semi on I40/85 in Graham

Highway Patrol identified the driver as 54-year-old Jonas Oliver Speare of Florida. He was driving a semi for Abilene Motor Express from Conyers, Georgia to Manassas, Virginia. 

The Highway Patrol said Speare was going east on I-40/85 and drifted into the right lanes before hitting an overhead highway pole.

Investigators shut down two of the lanes after a diesel fuel spill. The NCDOT says crews are repairing damage that happened to the overhead signage pole, and they will be inspecting the sign to make sure it isn't a safety hazard. Highway Patrol says once that repair has been made, the towing company will be able to remove the tractor-trailer.

Master Trooper Brandon Baker says it could be late Tuesday night before all four lanes are reopened. 

Troopers are still determining the cause of the crash. 

The driver was hauling sauce for Taco Bell and other food products. 

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