Driver charged in wreck that overturned propane truck, prompting evacuation

CHOCOWINITY, BEAUFORT COUNTY - The driver of an overturned propane truck has been charged for a two-vehicle wreck that prompted several families to evacuate from their homes.

James Sutton, 49, of Farmville, is charged with failure to stop at stop sign, said Trooper B.L. Michael.

According to Trooper Michael, Sutton was traveling on Frederick Road in Chocowinity when he drove past a stop sign at the intersection of Taylor Road. An SUV then hit the right side of Sutton's propane truck just before 1 p.m. Friday.

The impact caused the truck to roll almost 100 feet before landing on its side, Trooper Michael said.

Sutton and the driver of the SUV, 23-year-old Broderick Moore, were taken to Vidant Beaufort Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Trooper Michael.

The wreck caused the propane truck's diesel fuel to leak onto the road, forcing crews to evacuate at least five houses, said Chocowinity Fire Chief Tommy Pendley. Firefighters were spraying foam onto the wrecked truck. Crews then transferred its propane into another vehicle, Chief Pendley said.

The intersection of Frederick and Taylor Roads has since reopened.

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