N.C. 16 North was completely blocked for about four hours Monday when a dump truck overturned in Wilkes County about a mile south of the Ashe County line, according to Trooper C.M. Anderson of the N.C. Highway Patrol.

Jackson Barker, 63, of Warrensville, driving a 2007 Mack dump truck, sustained minor injuries, but declined to be taken to a hospital by Wilkes Emergency Medical Services.

Around 11 a.m., Barker was northbound with a load of asphalt went he went off on the right, hit a guardrail and overturned, Anderson said.

The load of asphalt spilled down a steep embankment. A guardrail kept the dump truck from going over the embankment, Anderson said.

N.C. 16 was entirely blocked while the truck was removed and N.C. Department of Transportation personnel repaired the damaged guardrail and shoulder of the highway. The Wilbar, Millers Creek and Glendale Springs fire departments assisted.

Anderson estimated damage to the truck and the guardrail at $30,000.

Barker was charged with failure to maintain lane control.

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How on earth do you wreck a loaded truck going up a mountain?

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