Lettuce Truck Spills 30,000 Pounds of Greens on Interstate
HENRICO COUNTY, VA – A recent trucking spill has tossed lettuce across Interstate 295 and left one driver in hot water. A New York man has been charged after a tractor trailer he drove containing lettuce overturned in a two vehicle accident.
According to local news affiliate CBS 6, the accident occurred Sunday morning, January 8, just before 8:15 a.m. when a 2003 Freightliner tractor trailer containing 30,000 lbs of lettuce attempted to pass a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado. The tractor trailer, traveling northbound in the center lane, began to fishtail as the vehicle accelerated in the move, and lost control.
The lettuce truck collided with the Chevrolet and careened off the road before striking a guard rail, bouncing back into the road and overturning, spilling its contents into the road.
No one was injured in the accident, but cleanup of the leafy greens, or road salad–if you will, lasted until 5:00 p.m.
The driver of the tractor trailer, identified by local news source NBC 12, as a 32-year-old New York man, was charged with reckless driving and defective equipment as a result of his truck having bald tires.
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