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Tractor-trailer with 77,000 pounds of tomatoes overturns in Caroline

The Virginia State Police is investigating a crash in Caroline County where a tractor-trailer with 77,000 pounds of tomatoes overturned on Interstate 95.

At approximately 8:16 Sunday morning, troopers responded to a single-vehicle crash near the northbound 108.6 mile marker on I-95, just south of the Ladysmith exit.

According to Sgt. Thomas Molnar of the Virginia State Police, the crash occurred when the driver of a 2002 Kenworth tractor-trailer ran off the left side of the roadway and the truck overturned onto its left side in the median. The trailer was loaded with approximately 77,000 pounds of tomatoes. None of the tomatoes spilled when the tractor-trailer overturned, he said.

The driver, who was wearing his safety belt, was not injured in the crash, Molnar said. The driver was traveling from Florida to D.C. at the time of the crash.

Clean-up crews were on-scene and in the process of putting the tractor-trailer upright. All lanes are open.

The Virginia State Police Motor Carrier Unit is assisting with the ongoing crash investigation.

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  • jaes

    I doubt it was 77,000 lbs of tomatoes, considering the gross weight would be over 100,000 lbs

  • $24604893

    When life gives you lemons make lemonade. When life gives you an overturned tractor trailer full of tomatoes make sauce.

  • Guest

    I thought about that, too. Interstate travel in VA restricts weights to 80,000 lbs maximum. Even with an overload permit, the maximum is 84,000 lbs but then travel is restricted to non interstate roads.

  • eyecurdum

    Toss is some cilantro, onion, garlic, jalepenos, and lime juice – Voila!!! Instant Salsa!