Tractor trailer containing 36,000 lbs of tomatoes overturned in West Virginia

West Virginia

JEFFERSON COUNTY, WV (WDVM) – In Jefferson County, the extremely high winds caused a truck carrying 36,000 pounds of tomatoes to roll over, closing down both southbound lanes of Route 340 towards Charlestown.

Jefferson County Police were dispatched at 9:45 Monday morning for a one-vehicle rollover. The turned over truck was blocking both sides of 340.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was transported to Jefferson Medical Center for evaluation after sustaining a laceration and bump to the forehead. There were no life-threatening injuries.

The tomatoes remained secure inside the trailer during the accident.

Sgt. Robert Sell of Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department was on the scene. He said, ” due to the high winds, got a little squarely on him, went off the road to the right, came back over and that is where he overturned. This particular incident, we just have open fields on both sides and as you can tell the wind is whipping around back and forth.”

No other vehicles were involved in the accident. The road remained closed for a little over two hours and one lane opened up for the next three hours to allow officials to evaluate and clean up the scene. 

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