|Traffic was rerouted on both sides of U.S. 220 for more than two hours|
Staff Photo by K.A. Wagoner:
A tractor-trailer ran off the right side of the roadway on U.S. 220 about 2:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon and smashed through the front entrance of the Blue Ridge Antique Center. The truck burst into flames, igniting the building and two cars in the parking lot.
Friday, August 24, 2012
By K.A. WAGONER - Staff Writer
The driver of a tractor-trailer was killed when his truck crashed into an antique mall on U.S. 220 just north of Rocky Mount Thursday afternoon.
The truck from High Point, N.C., was traveling north when it ran off the right side of the roadway and crashed through the front entrance of the Blue Ridge Antique Center, according to Sgt. Rob Carpentieri with the Virginia State Police.
The truck and cab burst into flames, igniting the building and two cars in the parking lot, Carpentieri said.
The North Carolina driver had not been identified at press time.
No employees or customers inside the antique mall were injured.
Volunteers from Rocky Mount, Boones Mill, Glade Hill and Fork Mountain fire departments and the Franklin County Department of Public Safety extinguished the fire in about an hour.
The crash occurred shortly before 2:30 p.m. Thursday on Virgil H. Goode Highway, Carpentieri said. Traffic on northbound and southbound lanes of 220 was rerouted more than two hours.
The crash is being investigated by Trooper A.J. Berry with the Virginia State Police.