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Rescue personnel at the scene of the tractor trailer crash on U.S. 58 near the Halifax-Mecklenburg line. / June 06, 2018
Virginia State Police continue to investigate the cause of an overturned tractor trailer Friday afternoon as the vehicle was headed east on U.S. 58 near Carters Point Road, a few miles from the Mecklenburg-Halifax county line.

A spokesperson with the Virginia State Police said troopers are looking into whether the crash was “medically related.”

Clifton Newby, 70, of Wilson, N.C. was driving east on U.S. 58 around 2:40 p.m. when the 2016 Freightliner tractor trailer he was operating ran off the road to the left, struck a guardrail and a highway sign before returning to the road. The rig then ran off the road to the left again, overturned, and struck a second guardrail, according to investigating Trooper J.L. Criner.

The truck was owned by Celadon Trucking Services, which has offices in Greensboro and Kernersville, N.C.

Newby was transported from the scene by the Mecklenburg County Lifesaving & Rescue Squad. It is unclear where he was taken, but a call was made for a lifeflight helicopter shortly after EMS personnel arrived at the scene.

At this time no charges have been filed against the driver.

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