Military 18-wheeler carrying ammunition overturns in NC; Hazmat unit on scene

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) – An 18-wheeler has overturned on I-140 near the 74/76 connection on Wednesday morning.

According to Brunswick County dispatch, the single-vehicle accident was reported at 7:30 a.m. I-140 has been closed to eastbound traffic in the area and the ramp at mile marker 5 on I-140 has closed due to the accident.

Officials said it is an 18-wheeler and is part of a military convoy consisting of 30 vehicles. According to Colonel Chris Hart with Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point, the convoy left Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point around 7 a.m., headed to McCallister Army Depot in Oklahoma. The truck that overturned was carrying one container of ammunition used in M-4s or M-16s and several empty shipping containers.

Two people were hurt in the accident, both of whom were soldiers in the Nebraska National Guard. The driver, who had to be cut from the vehicle, was taken by Airlink to New Hanover Regional Medical Center with serious but non-life threatening injuries, while a passenger was taken by EMS with non-serious injuries.

The convoy was part of a routine, three-month training exercise, transporting empty shipping containers and small arms ammunition. The ammunition was not damaged and will be taken back to Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point.

The State Highway Patrol will conduct the investigation.

A hazmat unit was called in as precaution.

Trooper Adams with the Highway Patrol said the scene is safe but the area will be closed to traffic for an extended period of time.

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