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Farm tractor overturns on Hwy. 70, backs up traffic

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NEW BERN, Craven County - A farm tractor overturned on Hwy. 70 on Thursday, creating a bit of a mess and backing up traffic.

According to NC Highway Patrol Trooper Dean Leitschuh of the Craven County office, the incident happened around 3 p.m. Thursday. An 18-wheeler driven by William Joe Bowden of Wallace was attempting to pass the tractor. It was hauling wood chips in the area of Tuscarora and Clark's Road exits. The truck went to make a legal pass around the tractor, driven by Benjamin Hunter Potter of Grantsboro. However, Bowden clipped the tractor and forced it to turn over on its side. Hunter sustained minor cuts and was taken to CarolinaEast Medical Center where he has since been released. Bowden was charged with failure to reduce speed. He was not injured. A 1.25-mile stretch west of the Clark's Road exit on Hwy. 70 and the Tuscarora exit was closed to clean up the spilled wood chips and turn the tractor from its side. The 18-wheeler was ripped apart upon impact.

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