More than 50 gallons of diesel fuel spilled onto U.S. Route 421 in a fatal crash near Yadkinville on Friday, according to Ripple news partner WXII.
Police said one person was killed when the car crossed the median and hit a tractor trailer at about 4:15 p.m.
The truck caught on fire, but the driver, 41-year-old Mitchell Gragg, was able to get out OK, police said.
The driver of the car was later identified as 55-year-old Debra Price, according to WXII.
Alcohol and speed were not factors in the crash, police said.
WXII reported all lanes of the highway between Reavis Road and Highway 21 were closed for several hours.
Detectives said they believe Price fell asleep at the wheel, causing her car to run into the median and into the path of the truck.
Investigators said the truck is owned by Critcher Brothers Produce.
Police said the three vehicles crashed as drivers strained to get a glimpse of the crash.
The cause of the crash was under investigation Friday, WXII reported.
Responding to the crash were the Yadkinville Volunteer Fire Department, West Yadkin Volunteer Fire Department, Yadkin County EMS, Yadkin County Rescue, Yadkinville Police Department, Yadkin County Sheriff’s Office, Yadkin County Fire Marshal, Yadkin County Emergency Management and the Department of Transportation.
Bryan Southard, chief of the Yadkinville Volunteer Fire Department, said many of the responders reported to the scene shortly after 4:15 p.m. and remained until nearly 10 p.m. Friday evening.
Southard made special note of services provided by the Yadkin County Emergency Manager, who was off duty at the time of the accident but still responded.
“These are the type of people we have working in Yadkin County,” he said.
Southard also wanted to thank Jeff Tilley, youth pastor with Union Hill Baptist Church of Clemmons, who stopped and remained on the scene for a couple hours.
McDonalds provided a meal for the responders, said Southard.
“I’d personally like to thank them for supplying food,” he said. “I’d just like to thank everyone that helped.”
Ripple news partner, WXII12.com, contributed to this report.