Both westbound lanes of U.S. 74 in Monroe were shut down for nearly nine hours after a deadly tractor-trailer crash.
The crash happened shortly after 11 p.m. Monday at Secrest Avenue, but it took crews about 12 hours to clean up the debris and fuel.
One eastbound lane of U.S. 74 was closed for the fuel spill until 6:45 a.m. One westbound lane remained closed until mid-morning.
Police said they did a reconstruction to try to determine how the crash that killed a woman driving a produce truck happened. They said they need to determine who was at fault.
Officers said it appears a car was driving along Secrest Avenue and making a right onto U.S. 74 while the 18-wheeler was driving westbound on U.S. 74. The truck struck the car at the intersection, then ran into a power pole, flipped and began leaking fuel. The produce it was carrying was spread across the highway. The car landed in a ditch.
Power lines from the struck pole also came down across U.S. 74.
The tractor-trailer driver, Martha Jane Evans of Wendell, died and the other driver was treated at Carolinas Medical Center-Main.
According to the Evans Express website, Evans was the only driver for her trucking company, which hauled food and paper produces. The company had no accidents on record for the last two years.
Officers said one problem in the area is that there is very little light. They used flashlights overnight to search for clues as to how the crash happened.
Police said it could take two weeks to get the results from the reconstruction.