Hay spill snarls I-90 traffic
June 16, 2009
By Chantelle Lusebrink
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, the woman said.“That’s when it started swaying and we started losing it,” she said.
The man and woman said they didn’t want to give their names, but did say they were transporting the hay from a local 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.
Reach Reporter Chantelle Lusebrink at 392-6434, ext. 241, firstname.lastname@example.org.