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Big rig operator who drove truck off overpass onto I-40 facing DWI charge

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Big rig operator who drove truck off overpass onto I-40 facing DWI charge
Faison Fire & Rescue says more than 45 firefighters from four departments worked this accident scene Sunday night after a truck driver drove his rig off an overpass and onto Interstate 40 below. (Courtesy: Faison Fire & Rescue)

SAMPSON COUNTY, N.C. — A Clinton, North Carolina, truck driver is facing a commercial vehicle DWI charge and serious injuries after police say he wrecked his big rig off an overpass and landed on Interstate 40 Sunday night.

According to the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, James Butler, 33, was heading south on Highway 403 just inside Sampson County when he drove off the right side of the highway, down an embankment and onto the interstate below.

The highway was closed for four hours. Butler is in intensive care at a Raleigh hospital.

Faison Fire and Rescue says more than 45 firefighters from four departments worked the accident scene Sunday night.

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