Trooper: Worker on NC-12 killed when truck hits disabled dump truck


Associated Press

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 8:11 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 12 at 6:51 PM

RODANTHE, N.C. (AP) -- The state Highway Patrol says a Transportation Department employee died on N.C. 12 when his dump truck rear-ended one that had broken down on the highway early Sunday.

Trooper William Harrison says a dump truck driven by 36-year-old Michael Brad Stevenson hit one sitting in the road that was driven by 45-year-old Ronnie Allen Anderson. Stevenson's truck caught fire, and he was killed.

Anderson was injured and taken to a hospital in Norfolk.

The men were removing sand from the highway, which was damaged by Hurricane Sandy last month and a more recent nor'easter.

The highway had just reopened Saturday to 4-wheel-drive vehicles. It was closed for several hours Sunday before DOT reopened it but now only during daylight hours and still limited to those vehicles.

Stevenson leaves behind a wife and three kids.  His wife Michelle says his birthday was coming up December 16, a day after his daughter's.

Their last memory is a special Halloween together with the kids.

Michelle says they were also coming up on their sixteenth wedding anniversary.

"It's just a big empty hole in my soul," she said. "He was my soul mate. He was my life."

Stevenson, a resident of Hertford, N.C., was a transportation worker in Pasquotank County and had worked for NCDOT for approximately 15 years.

The State Highway Patrol is investigating.