Checking out N.C. Highway 107 North crash damage to a 1994 Mack tractor-trailer, owned by Franklin Grove-based Trinity Roofing and Supply, are, from left, its driver, William Thompson of Franklin, Cashiers-Glenville Volunteer Fire Department Assistant Chief Jonathan Villarreal and Chief Randy Dillard. (Photo by Dan Brown.)

Big Rig loses brakes, flips and blocks N.C. Highway 107 North

Driver reportedly uninjured, but cited for failure to maintain lane

By Dan Brown / Staff

CASHIERS -- Authorities report a 1994 Mack tractor-trailer, owned by Franklin Grove-based Trinity Roofing and Supply, lost its brakes about 1:30 p.m. March 5 and overturned about a half mile “up the hill” on N.C. Highway 107 north of the Cashiers crossroads. The driver, William Thompson of Franklin, then lost control of the big rig, according to a North Carolina State Highway Patrol accident report, and went off the shoulder of the road, over-corrected, crossing into the northbound lane of traffic before hitting the side of the mountain in the oncoming lane, and overturning, striking a tree.

There were no injuries in the crash.

The truck was carrying roofing materials and supplies, and a forklift truck. Damage to the vehicle was estimated at $15,000, according to the accident report.

The single vehicle accident impacted traffic on N.C. 107 for nearly four hours in the heat of Monday afternoon traffic, as crews worked to upright the truck and offload the roofing supplies to another truck.

Both lanes of traffic were blocked for about an hour as work crews offloaded the roofing supplies and worked to get the truck upright and towed away from the accident site.

Thompson was cited for failure to maintain lane.

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