Breaker, breaker! Big rig gets stuck on the beach off Corolla

By on July 2, 2018

The truck only made it a few yards out on the beach. (Candace Mugridge)

Following GPS too closely went terribly wrong for a tractor-trailer driver Monday afternoon, as he got his rig stuck on the beach at the off-road vehicle ramp north of Corolla village.

Currituck County Sheriff Matthew Beickert said it happens at least once a year, but drivers eventually figure out they can’t travel any farther north on the Currituck Outer Banks.

Photos from Wild OBX Facebook page courtesy Tom and Jeannie Meyer of Raleigh.

“We can usually stop traffic and allow the truck to turn around at the loop near the cattle gate,” Beickert said.

That’s the grate in the pavement designed to prevent the Corolla wild horses from getting around the fence designed to keep the colonial Spanish mustangs in their habitat of the four-wheel drive area.

“He thought he could drive out on the beach and turnaround, but it didn’t work out too well,” Beickert said.

A tow truck eventually pulled the tractor-trailer back to the pavement around 4:30 p.m.


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  • Bud

    Don’t be a Clown, Air Down!

    Tuesday, Jul 3 @ 5:28 am
  • Kelly

    FINALLY, much needed driving rules for the 4×4!! Why don’t they include ALL OF THE BEACH?? If you want to set up corn hole, a fishing line, or play with your children/grandchildren and pets, you don’t have to move every 30 seconds for a vehicle or be afraid to turn your head for a second because a car going by. The police do an amazing job of controlling the speeders on the beach, these confusing rules make their job much harder. The new permits have a map on the back with the traffic pattern directed IN FRONT of the sunbathers right at the beach line, from mile marker 17 north, talk about playing in traffic!! In previous years, drivers would drive at their discretion based on beach traffic and the tide, now they’re directed right in front of the people on the beach. Out of town renters I’ve spoke with are frustrated too? Several have said they are trying rent next year in (safe zone) because they have young children to watch. So much for the value of my home?? This is obviously not a rule about safety, unless Currituck County is only worried about the safety of 2 1/2 miles of the beach?? These visitors/renters are a critical part of the local economy here, that should have been considered when crafting these arbitrary driving guidelines. Obviously, there should be exceptions for medical reasons, handicaps, police and emergency personel, but for 3 months of the year ( from 9 to 5) when alot of us are renting our homes and using the beach, a little longer drive to town is a small price to pay. I don’t even think it needs to be a law, just signs directing people to drive behind the cars parked in the center would be enough, most people are respectful of children playing and enjoy being on the beach and not being disturbed constantly themselves. I’m a home owner, lot owner and former renter in 4×4. This beach is a piece of heaven, but please, consider the safety of everyone not just the people living south of mile marker 17.

    Wednesday, Jul 4 @ 9:18 am
  • hightider

    How did the driver manage to get a CDL? I was on the 4×4 beach 7/3 and there were many drivers who had no idea how to navigate the dry sand that the new regulations force you to drive on. It created a dangerous situation and only benefited tow truck operators who stayed busy. But to think there was someone dumb enough to drive a semi there, to turn around? A driver that clueless should not even be on the paved road.

    Wednesday, Jul 4 @ 11:26 am
  • Bud

    When driving on the beach, near the water line is the best place, avoiding the saturated areas.
    Why folks want to sit and fish and let their kids run amok on a highway, I don’t know. Maybe they play on highways where they live too.
    That is designated NC Highway 12.

    Thursday, Jul 5 @ 6:41 am
  • Frank Moore


    Thursday, Jul 5 @ 10:56 am
  • Bud

    Yes Frank, it is a designated North Carolina Roadway/Highway/Pathway,Parkway. What ever you want to call it, it’s designation is NC Route 12.
    Go there during the good seasons and you note that it is a highway, regularly running 45.

    Friday, Jul 6 @ 5:34 pm
  • Sam Walker

    That is not correct. As we noted in our Feb. 19, 2018 story,

    N.C. 12 terminates in the heart of Corolla village and the N.C. Department of Transportation-maintained road beyond that point, S.R. 1437, ends at the county’s North Beach Access Ramp. There are no roads north of the ramp that are part of the NCDOT State Transportation System.

    The county has control over the beach strand as granted under G.S. 153A-145.3. “Counties enforce ordinances within public trust areas.”

    Friday, Jul 6 @ 6:41 pm
  • Bud

    Semantics aside, it is a dedicated roadway/highway for vehicle traffic. County or state, it is a designated route, not a private route.
    We used to have one here on Hatteras too, 13 miles long.

    Saturday, Jul 7 @ 6:44 am
  • Frank Moore

    Only an idiot would see it as a highway rather than what it is, a beach. Not calling any particular person or persons an idiot just pointing out what common sense would lead one to believe, it is a place where folks can take their family to rest, sun, fish and do beach things and not have to worry about idiots running over. Remember the horse just a short while ago that an idiot killed when riding on the beach is adverse weather at night doing the speed limit, not taking in the weather conditions and adjusting his driving habit. Just my thought and others, even idiots, have theirs !!

    Saturday, Jul 7 @ 5:24 pm
  • Bud

    It’s dedicated access to homes and neighborhoods, not a place for tourists to congest.
    If you want an actual beach experience, go to Hatteras Island. Can have two miles of beach all to yourself in the height of summer.

    Sunday, Jul 8 @ 5:10 am
  • Sean

    It’s both a off road access to swan beach and carova and if I go to the beach I’m going to be close as I can to the water. You don’t see people hanging out by the dune line anywhere else on any beach. They always go by the water. Bud must never go to the beach.

    Sunday, Jul 8 @ 3:08 pm
  • Mike

    It’s not a state Road it’s access to swan beach and carova. When I go to the beach I go by the water like most people wether oakracoke nags head or anywhere for that matter. People always manange to get stuck the more people driving = more that get stuck. And guess what theres more people. So we just gotta deal with it. I was told by a old captain I fished here for. He’d say it takes all kinds ND of people to make a world.

    Sunday, Jul 8 @ 3:36 pm
  • Bud

    You are right, I never go to that beach or northern banks during summer. It is a disgrace. I grew up in Carova, been on Hatteras for twenty years.
    The route to northern beaches has not been an issue until the developers destroyed the place and hoards of tourists clog and oversaturate the area.
    Here on Hatteras, empty beaches..

    Monday, Jul 9 @ 6:26 am
  • Sean

    What ever bud. It’s a beach first and is to be used as such, beach goers first in the summer and traffic second for the northern beaches. Swan beach and carova is not a nation park like most of the beaches south of oregon inlet.

    Tuesday, Jul 10 @ 7:03 pm
  • Geo

    It is time to give in to paving a road to the border. The public land to the west needs to link in to the interior roads with one line running north at least to the unpaved roads in the neighborhoods. Too much building has occurred and the reason people do not want the road is to limit building, the modern lifestyle. It would be better to accept this vision is eroding in front of your eyes and accept the change while you can dictate how it moves forward. To pretend otherwise is simply prolonging unintended painful consequences to the beach. Regardless, the beach at the tide line should have no traffic at all. park on the beach to a certain point, after that it is recreation, and if you cannot do that, then walk out.

    Friday, Jul 13 @ 11:29 am