The driver of a tractor-trailer with a full load of pine logs was seriously injured when his rig ran off Speedway Road and overturned in a curve east of North Wilkesboro Tuesday afternoon.
Rickey Dale Wood, 60, of Harmony, was entrapped in the cab of his rig and remained conscious as emergency personnel freed him. Wood, with a gash on his head, was able to stand after he was freed.
He was flown by an AirCare helicopter, which landed nearby, to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. Wilkes Emergency Medical Services transported him to the helicopter.
Trooper J.G. Barnes of the N.C. Highway Patrol said the westbound rig ran off the right side after the load of logs it was carrying shifted in a curve. The rig came to rest on its right side mostly on the side of the road, spilling the entire load of logs.
The wreck occurred around 2:15 p.m. just east of the Robin Hill Road intersection with Speedway Road and a little over a mile west of the interchange of Speedway Road and U.S. 421 East.
Barnes said it resulted in Speedway Road being closed in both directions until a few minutes past 5 p.m. He said High Country Lumber & Mulch on Speedway Road, Wood’s intended destination, removed the logs from the side of the road.
Barnes is continuing his investigation but said excessive speed was involved. He said Wood was the owner of the 1996 International tractor-trailer.
The Wilkes Rescue Squad and Roaring River, Broadway and Little Brushy Mountain fire departments also responded.