Approximately 72,000 lbs. of food and drink have been sorted through by Audrain County health officials during the past week after two tractor trailers flipped on their sides on two different days. Drivers in both incidents were okay.
“We typically get one of these calls in a year and all of a sudden we’ve got two in a week,” said Audrain City-County Health Unit (ACCHU) Administrator Kevin Lowrance who teamed with ACCHU’s Randy Senor and Audrain County Emergency Management Director Steve Shaw in assessing the situations.
During a snow storm last Tuesday, a truck hauling 32,000 lbs. of Welch’s products flipped on its side when the driver was driving in white out conditions and reportedly lost site of the road.
The load included varieties of both jellies and juices as much of the product littered the ditch after coming out of the trailer. The truck originated in Michigan and was heading to the Dollar General in Fulton before flipping on Highway 19/54 near Baysinger’s Corner around 12:30 a.m.
Lowrance said seven palettes of product was embargoed and later picked up by Welch’s. The remainder of the product was condemned.
“I think it’s important to know that we could take the easy way out in a truck wreck and condemn everything,” Lowrance added. “But there’s too many people who are struggling…The ultimate goal for us is food safety and overall is the food consumable…”
Six days later, a truck driven by a driver with Brown Brothers Trucking in Nashville, Ill. took a turn off the roadway near the intersection of Highway W and Highway K and his 40,000 lb. load shifted. His tractor trailer full of eggs sitting mostly in open faced containers turned on its side at around 12:30 a.m. Workers began disposing of the condemned 40,000 lbs. of eggs into a dumpster provided by Dayne’s Waste Disposal.
A unit was later brought in to suck up the egg whites and egg yolks and was eventually given to local farmers to mix with their fertilizer.
“We fell really good that they condemned everything,” Lowrance said.
Lowrance added that the trucking company was going to make attempts to salvage the truck.
Their delivery was heading to Neosho, Mo.