Pig parts, molasses, sugar beets spill in several crashes


What do these three things have in common?

  • Sugar beets
  • Molasses
  • Gravel
  • Pig parts

Each was spilled all over a highway Friday, Jan. 7 in four separate truck accidents.

A 25-year-old truck driver was uninjured when the trailer of his truck tipped over on an icy road in Michigan Friday, spilling its load of sugar beets.

The incident occurred on westbound Sebewaing Road in Huron County, which is located in Michigan’s “Thumb” region about 30 miles east of Bay City.

The Huron County Sheriff’s Office reports the driver tried to slow his tractor-trailer when a vehicle in front of him started to turn. The rear trailer reportedly slid to the left and overturned. The sheriff’s office said the highway was icy at the time of the mishap.

Also on Friday, a load of gravel and some 1,000 gallons of molasses were spilled in separate incidents on the same portion of Highway 101 in Santa Rosa, California.

In the first wreck, Friday at about 7:20 a.m., a vehicle driven by a 17-year-old woman struck a trailer being pulled by a dump truck causing the rig to tip over. Gravel in the truck and trailer spilled across all three lanes of the freeway causing traffic troubles for several hours.

Then, at about 10 a.m. the driver of a pickup towing a trailer loaded with 1,000 gallons of molasses swerved to miss slowing traffic but struck two vehicles. The valve on the tank broke and the molasses spilled.

Finally, on Friday, a tractor-trailer loaded with 40,000 pounds of pig parts overturned on Highway 59 in Rosenberg, Texas, southwest of Houston.

The truck driver is said to have lost control of his rig after being cut off by a car. The tractor-trailer flipped onto its side and the top of the trailer broke open, spilling the contents onto the road.

The truck driver wasn’t seriously injured.