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Truckload of straw tips onto interstate

Published on May 20, 2013 3:01AM

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IDAHO FALLS, Idaho -- Traffic was detoured for about two hours around southbound Interstate 15 at exit 119 Friday afternoon when a truck hauling straw tipped, according to Idaho Falls Fire Capt. Paul Radford.

Radford said the truck was pulling two flatbed trailers loaded with straw and apparently navigated the turn too fast while merging from the southbound onramp at about 2 p.m. Nobody was injured, Radford said.

The truck and one of the trailers rolled, spilling 32 bales of straw on the roadway, Radford said. The other trailer remained upright.

"It looked like the bales of straw shifted," Radford said.

Idaho State Police and Port of Entry officers also responded, and a fire engine poised to spray foam was brought to the scene as a precaution. Radford explained when the truck rolled, its fuel filter was torn off, causing it to leak about 25 gallons of diesel fuel. He said additional fire units were requested to bring more absorbent material to help clean up the fuel, and buckets were also used to capture the leakage.

The hay was loaded onto another tractor-trailer to be taken to its destination, enabling officials to right the tipped truck and have it towed.


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