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Monday, Nov. 24, 2014

300 pounds of spilled broccoli shuts down I-80

Published: Wed, Sept. 3 11:30 a.m. MDT

 Part of I-80 looked like a freshly tossed salad early Wednesday when a truck carrying broccoli and lettuce smashed into a bridge.

Part of I-80 looked like a freshly tossed salad early Wednesday when a truck carrying broccoli and lettuce smashed into a bridge.

(Kristin Murphy, Deseret News)

TOOELE — Part of I-80 looked a little like a freshly tossed salad early Wednesday.

A semitrailer hauling 75,000 pounds of broccoli and lettuce drifted off the road into the median near the Salt Lake-Tooele County line about 1:50 a.m. and smashed into a bridge, which ripped open the trailer, said Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Todd Royce.

Approximately 300 pounds of broccoli spilled onto the median and part of I-80. Another motorist rolled their car while trying to avoid the spilled produce. Royce said. That driver was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries.

The truck driver also suffered minor injuries. Royce said investigators were looking at fatigue as a possible factor. The man had not been cited as of Wednesday afternoon.

Traffic was diverted onto state Route 201 while the broccoli was cleaned up and another truck brought out to take away the remaining 74,700 pounds of produce. Royce said a representative from the Department of Agriculture would be determining whether the remaining vegetables were still good.

The affected area of road was reopened about 6 a.m.

— Pat Reavy

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1. djofraleigh
raleigh, NC,
Sept. 3, 2014

Fresh broccoli is bad enough, but spoiled, it should stop traffic.