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Trailer splits, spilling grain

Posted on Tuesday, July 9, 2013 at 11:58 am

Sometimes accidents look a lot worse they turn out to be and that was the case on Wednesday, July 3 outside of Louisiana.

About 11:30 a.m., Fred Gentry of Gentry Trucking, of Curryville, was eastbound on Hwy. 54 just west of Hwy. UU when the unexpected occurred.

As Gentry traveled over the Noix Creek Bridge in his truck pulling a full load of a grain in a trailer behind him, everything came apart, literally.

For some reason the trailer “just broke in two,” said a shaken but uninjured Gentry at the scene. “It could have been worse,” he said, but no other vehicles were in the vicinity at the time of the mishap.

The back half of the trailer skidded off the right side of the road and ended up halfway down an embankment. The back wheels were off the ground above the road shoulder.

The rest of Gentry’s truck  and trailer slid along the right shoulder as well, spewing grain for several hundred yards.

“I just held on,” Gentry said, when asked how he managed to not roll the vehicles.

Pike County sheriff’s deputies, Louisiana police and the Missouri State Highway Patrol responded swiftly, shutting down the highway.

MoDOT responded with a sweeper and a front-end loader to save the grain, which was loaded onto another trailer. That work took all afternoon and traffic did not resum until early that evening.

Gus Burse of Ben’s Auto Salvage on Hwy. UU also helped clean up the scene with a front-end loader.