Truck carrying 50,000 pounds of bananas overturns on I-85 near Hillsborough

Posted November 21, 2016

— A tractor trailer carrying 50,000 pounds of bananas overturned Monday on Interstate-85 southbound near Hillsborough, closing several lanes for early morning commuters.

The truck, which was headed to Salisbury, overturned around 4 a.m. at the I-85 and I-40 split near Hillsborough. Several lanes on I-40 were closed for four hours Monday in each direction near Exit 163 until the bananas were cleared from the road. Most of the bananas were in the median, according to authorities.

Officials said the driver of the truck fell asleep and struck the guardrail. He will be charged with careless and reckless driving. The driver is bruised, officials say, but no major injuries were reported in the incident.

Officials said lanes on I-85 southbound will reopen Monday afternoon but are asking drivers to avoid the area if possible.


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  • Nan D'Assi Nov 21, 2016
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    . What about the bananas?

  • Rod Runner Nov 21, 2016
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    First a gas shortage, and now a banana shortage. NC is helpless!

  • Rod Runner Nov 21, 2016
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    A 5-axle truck, which this one likely was, can be up to 80,000 lbs gross weight.

    I imagine the trailer and cab weigh far less than 30,000 lbs.

  • Scott Phelps Nov 21, 2016
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    Carryin 50,000 pounds....of bananas. --- Harry Chapin

  • Andrew Stephenson Nov 21, 2016
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    I blame Donkey Kong or Bowser for this. Luigi was not about to win that race.

  • Matt Clinton Nov 21, 2016
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    Note to all restaurants, I prefer my banana pudding without road debris thanks!

  • Malakai Bluebone Nov 21, 2016
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    Would have liked to have seen the truck, usual weight limit is 42,500 lbs.

  • Nancy Torborg Nov 21, 2016
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    Harry Chapin wrote a song about this very thing 40 years ago...