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Amber Alert

Monday, January 21, 2008

Accident caused by slick road, tired trucker

A single-vehicle tractor-trailer accident on Friday was the result of snow-covered roads and too many hours behind the wheel, police said. Police said that at 7:30 a.m. Jimmy L. Rhodes, 67, of Jacksonville, N.C., was traveling north on Interstate 91 in a 2007 Volvo tractor trailer when he fell asleep and drifted off the shoulder of the road. Due to poor road conditions, police said, Rhodes was unable to return his truck to the road and came to rest at the top of a small embankment.

Police said an investigation determined that Rhodes had been driving since 2 p.m. the previous day and was in violation of hours of service rules. Police said Rhodes, who had been transporting 72,000 pounds of lumber from Virginia to Lebanon, N.H., had been falsifying entries in his log book. Source