Semi hauling broccoli spills on I-80 causing rollover

TOOELE COUNTY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - When you think of debris on the road causing an accident you don’t exactly think of produce, but that was the case Wednesday morning on Interstate 80 eastbound in Tooele County.

“We had a semi that was traveling hauling broccoli that left its lane. It was an enclosed trailer and struck a structure in that area and tore open the contents of the trailer,” said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce.

The contents consisted of 75,000 pounds of broccoli and lettuce that ended up spilling 300 pounds of produce all over the road and causing one car to crash. 

“A white passenger car came into that area and swerved to miss that broccoli on the road and rolled the vehicle,” said Sgt. Royce.

UHP says that driver was taken by ambulance to the University of Utah Hospital for a minor shoulder injury. As for the semi driver he walked away uninjured, but the wall of his semi completely ripped open. “We are looking into fatigue being a factor in this. He left his lane quite a ways to hit that structure on the side of the road we are just grateful the truck remained up right but it did create quite a big mess,” said Sgt. Royce.

“We were lucky we didn't have a bigger problem than what we had,” said Sgt. Royce.

I-80 eastbound was closed from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m. as a result of the crash. 


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