Pineapple Truck Topples, Causes Freeway Closure
HOCKESSIN, DE - There’s no crying over spilt milk, but I may have already shed some tears over a massive pineapple spill in Delaware, where a tractor-trailer carrying a full load of my favorite tropical treat overturned. While thankfully there were no fatalities or life threatening injuries, there was property damage done to a nearby home, and the entire pineapple shipment was unsalvageable.
The tractor-trailer overturned on Lancaster Pike, then flipped off the road into a man’s home, sending the driver to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, reports Delaware Online. Both directions of the Lancaster Pike at Newport Gap Pike were closed because, although the crash happened around noon, employees of the Delaware Department of Transportation were clearing the pineapples via human chain till around 2 p.m. Workers moved crate after crate of pineapples until one of the workers brought in a front-end loader to fill up with the now defunct pineapples, so they could be easily transported to a waiting dump truck.
Human error, it seems, was at the heart of this catastrophe, as a preliminary investigation determined the tractor-trailer operator was driving at an unsafe speed and lost control of the vehicle while making a left turn.
Pineapples were not the only casualty here—the tractor-trailer fell right into the yard of resident Mike Cooper, and he reports that this was not the only time he had a run-in with a wayward vehicle.
“It’s very dangerous. It’s very frightening. This is the second time, there was also a car that crashed into my house,” Cooper said. “I blame it on the road not having proper signage to warn of the sharp turn.”
I truly hope this is the last of Mike Cooper’s unwelcome automobile intrusions.
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