NC driver missing after 18-wheeler crashes into Neuse River

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KINSTON, N.C. (WNCT) – After a tractor-trailer went off the road and into the Neuse River in a crash, multiple agencies searched the river Sunday on Highway 70 in Lenoir County near Skinner’s Bypass.

Roger Dail, Director of Lenoir County Emergency Services, said around 5 p.m. they were stopping the search for the night because weather conditions are getting too bad in that area.

Dail said that stretch of Highway 70 will remain closed through the night.

Highway Patrol Officers say the truck’s driver of the truck hit a guardrail on one side of the bridge, then drove off the road and into the river on the other side. The incident was reported around 4:15 a.m. Sunday.

The Sidney Dive Team out of Beaufort County did find the trailer, but have yet to see the driver, according to officials.  

About 50 people were at the site earlier in the day Sunday to help with the search and rescue.

Search and rescue teams from Beaufort, North and South Lenoir, Hugo, the Sidney Dive Team, D.O.T., Duke Energy, Lenoir County Emergency Services and the Lenoir County Sheriffs Office were all on site

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