A rollover accident on I-40 in front of the McDowell County Rest Area resulted in no serious injuries but delayed traffic for over an hour and a half on Monday afternoon.
At approximately 1 p.m. Monday, emergency units and law enforcement responded to I-40 eastbound near the 82 mile marker after receiving reports of a motor vehicle accident involving a pickup truck and a camping trailer rolling over on the interstate, blocking both lanes of travel.
According to Trooper Glenn Tupper of the N.C. Highway Patrol, the blue Ford F-150 pickup truck – driven by Mark Dewayne Whitted of Mooresville – was traveling eastbound after leaving a camping trip when the camper he was pulling from behind began to lose control and fishtail, ultimately rolling over and taking the truck over with it.
As emergency crews, wrecker services and construction vehicles worked to remove the truck and the camper from the roadway, eastbound traffic was delayed but continued to flow, redirected through the parking lot of the rest area back onto the interstate.
“We happened to be in a pretty good area here as far as the rest area over here,” said Tupper on scene, “so traffic can flow pretty well through here so it’s not blocking up too bad.”
Whitted, who suffered very minor injuries but remained on scene, declined to comment. He was not charged in the accident, according to Tupper.
Marion Fire Department, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue Squad and NCSHP responded to the incident.