Hay spill backs up traffic on I-90 westbound at the highlands

June 11, 2009

By Chantelle Lusebrink

NEW — 4:38 p.m. June 11, 2009

A truck and trailer lost dozens of bales of hay on Interstate 90 under the Highlands Drive overpass this afternoon at 3:11 p.m. causing at times a half-mile to a mile backup of rush-hour traffic.

The truck and trailer was traveling westbound on the freeway in the center lane when a gold four-door sedan, driven by a woman with dark brunette hair, suddenly pulled in front of them.

“The woman cut over and was four car lengths in front of us when she cut over from the left and stopped in front of us, leaving less than half a car length,” said the woman, adding the car looked like a Honda Accord. “We couldn’t even see her tail lights. That’s how close she was. So, we laid on the horn.”

The man and woman in the truck pulling the hay said they had to break heavily and tried to navigate into the far right lane to avoid an accident. They gave police a partial license plate number, the woman said.

“That’s when it started swaying and we started losing it,” she said.

Traffic slows on Interstate 90 as a man tries to reload some of the hay that spilled from his truck. — By Kathleen R. Merrill

Traffic slows on Interstate 90 as a man tries to reload some of the hay that spilled from his truck. — By Kathleen R. Merrill

The man and woman  said they didn’t want to give their names, but did say they were transporting the hay from a farm in the area to the woman’s home.

The two pulled off the interstate and onto the shoulder and called police. State troopers responded to the scene at 3:21 p.m., Trooper Dustin Drout said.

By the time they arrived, a trail of hay was strewn over the right-hand lane, beginning just before the overpass and ending about a quarter-mile west of it. Troopers closed the right-hand lane and helped clear debris from the roadway.

The trailer was carrying about six tons of hay and each ton is worth about $220, Drout said.

The man and woman and state troopers were still trying to estimate the total loss as some of the hay was being recovered. The couple said they were also losing income for their extra time.

State troopers walk by bales of hay that spilled from a truck onto Interstate 90 in rush-hour traffic. — By Kathleen R. Merrill

State troopers walk by bales of hay that spilled from a truck onto Interstate 90 in rush-hour traffic. — By Kathleen R. Merrill

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One Response to “Hay spill backs up traffic on I-90 westbound at the highlands”

  1. Brian Turney on June 11th, 2009 5:48 pm

    I hope they caught the lady that cut them off. Did they? I think people that do that should be responsible for the damage and losses of those they harm in the process of being M.I.A in the mental department while driving. People do that all the time that aren’t paying attention. Irritates the heck out of me. : )

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