A tractor-trailer driver died this morning following a crash in the southbound lane of Interstate 95.
Trooper T.D. “Bo” Forsht of the North Carolina State Highway Patrol said the crash occurred near the 169 mile marker in the Roanoke Rapids area shortly before 3 a.m.
Forsht said evidence at the scene indicated the tractor-trailer driven by Gregory Stackhouse, 60, of Windsor Mill, Maryland, had a tire blow out and the rig traveled into the median where it collided with several trees.
The tractor-trailer came to an uncontrolled rest in the median and caught fire.
Forsht said Stackhouse died as a result of the crash. He could not say whether the driver perished in the fire or from the initial collision.
Stackhouse was hauling household appliances when the crash occurred. His destination was not known.
Forsht said the contributing factor was the tire blowing out.