No charges have been filed after a truck driver jumped the median on Interstate 77 in Carroll County on Sept. 25, causing a bulldozer to roll off the trailer and partially block the interstate.
According to Virginia State Trooper S.E. Kinney, the accident occurred at 4:32 p.m. on Interstate 77 Northbound near mile marker 20.7. Charles Jost, 57, of Lexington, N.C., was driving a 2002 International tractor-trailer. Jost told Trooper Kinney he was traveling northbound on I-77 when he left the roadway and struck the median after another truck forced him off the road. This was after he had pulled into the passing lane to go around a slow-moving vehicle, Kinney said.
A backhoe and a bulldozer were being transported on the tractor’s trailer. Kinney said the bulldozer rolled off the trailer and came to rest on the southbound side of the interstate, partially blocking I-77.
The left shoulder of the Northbound lane was closed and the left shoulder of the Southbound lane and the left Southbound lane were closed after the accident, causing backups of approximately 4.5 miles according to the Virginia Department of Transportation.
No charges were filed in connection with the incident and there were no injuries reported.
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