Police escort potentially poisonous potatoes to landfill


A tractor-trailer load of rotten potatoes had a police escort on its way to a Virginia landfill last week.

The 40,000 lbs. of potatoes had been abandoned sometime last month near an exit off Interstate 95 in Richmond. Having been left to rot, the potatoes were giving off a potentially lethal poison gas. Because of that, a hazardous material company was hired to oversee their disposal.

“The police escort was necessary since the tractor-trailer was damaged, and safety measures were taken just in case something happened en route to the dump causing the potatoes to spill onto the road,” Joey Pate, the towtruck driver who drove spoiled spuds to a local landfill, told the Progress-Index. “I’ve been driving professionally for over 15 years and this is my first police-escort experience.”

It took about two and a half hours to reach the landfill.