July 16, 2009

Deer in Road Sends 43,000 Pounds of Pork into Ditch

An attempt to prevent spreading venison all across Highway 15 south of Memphis resulted in more than 43,000 pounds of pork taking to the ditch during a one-vehicle accident in Scotland County in the early morning hours of July 8th.

A tractor-trailer unit driven by John Bradley was southbound on Highway 15 when the truck swerved to miss deer in the roadway, ran off the road and struck a cement culvert and fence post before overturning in the ditch.

When work crews arrived to off-load the frozen pork from the truck, a USDA inspector was present to randomly temperature test the product. Anything that had exceeded 41-degrees in internal temperature was deemed spoiled.

According to law enforcement officers on the scene roughly half of the load was deemed unsalvageable and had to be disposed of at a regional landfill. The loss was estimated at $25,000.

The vehicle sustained extensive damage in the crash but the driver was uninjured.

Highway 15 was closed for approximately 90 minutes Wednesday afternoon to allow wreckers access to remove the truck.

The load of 43,312 pounds of pork was owned by IBP.

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