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'Tater hole' site of another crash

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By Staff Reports

HILLSVILLE — The infamous “Tater Hole” in the Laurel section of Carroll County on Interstate 77 had yet another wreck over the weekend, according to the Virginia State Police.
The incident occurred Saturday at 2:50 a.m. and involved a 2006 Freightliner tractor-trailer heading north at the 22.4 mile marker, according to a report from Trooper Matt Cochran.
The tractor-trailer overturned at the steep embankment after it apparently tried to take the sharp curve too fast and fell over against the guardrail.
Cochran charged driver Carlton Williams, 52, of Miramar, Fla., with reckless driving.
The rig, with its load of food products, blocked the interstate lanes for several hours while emergency crews from Hillsville Fire Department, Carroll Fire-Rescue and Laurel Rescue Squad cleared up the scene.
No injuries were reported.
The “Tater Hole” is so named because of a wreck involving a load of potatoes in that spot several years ago. It has been the site of numerous crashes since then.