Tractor-Trailer Accident Spills Meat Onto Interstate 85

Posted September 8, 2007
Updated September 9, 2007

Traffic Accident (generic)

— An accident involving a tractor-trailer carrying frozen meat forced the closure of two lanes of Interstate 85 North through Orange County on Saturday night.

The Greensboro Highway Patrol was working the scene at mile marker 161, just west of Hillsborough, shortly before 8 p.m. Two lanes remained open throughout the accident and clean-up, said state troopers.

One lane reopened by midnight, and troopers said they expected to reopen the far right lane in the next few hours. Traffic delays through the area have cleared up, troopers said.

The accident, which occurred shortly after 6 p.m., involved a tractor-trailer loaded with cold meat, officials said.

The truck's front left tire blew out, sending the vehicle crashing into the guardrail. The tractor-trailer came to rest on its side, and frozen meat spilled across the highway.

No other vehicles were involved in the accident, and no one was injured, troopers said.

The far right lane was closed while the spilled meat was loaded onto another tractor-trailer. Six people were involved in clearing the frozen meat off the highway.


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  • NC Sunshine Sep 10, 2007

    This was a couple of miles from my house! Hate I missed it. The Efland Volunteer Fire Dept was hosting a BBQ fundraiser. I heard them go out and thought was a shame it was since they had all those people there eating. Maybe they were able to take advantage of the situation and re-stock!

  • djofraleigh Sep 9, 2007

    To speed clean up of the highway, a truck load of potatoes are on the way from Idaho and two coke trucks from Durham. They're going to bill it as 'all you can eat' to get a crowd.

  • bullrod002 Sep 9, 2007

    I don't beleive I read anywhere about a figure of 60,000 lbs. of meat.

  • Harry Canyon Sep 9, 2007

    Does the 5 second rule count on this one?

  • hp277 Sep 9, 2007

    "The Greensboro Highway Patrol was working the scene.."

    Greensboro has its own Highway Patrol?

  • Chuck U Farley Sep 9, 2007

    Mmmmmm... meeeeaaaaattttt...

  • anonemoose Sep 9, 2007

    60K Lbs of meat???? Boy was he overloaded by about 15,000 lbs. No wonder the front tire blew out.

  • friendlylady Sep 9, 2007

    What kind of frozen meat was it? I know someone is going to come back with "FREE FROZEN MEAT." What type of frozen meat.

  • headlong Sep 9, 2007

    BIG BBQ in Hillsborough today...BYOB!!!

    Someone beat me to the new eaning of road kill *LOL*

    I accident with no injuries much better to read about!!!

  • bigredtruckman Sep 9, 2007

    Now if a beer truck had then run into the meat truck, that would have made for a great Saturday night cookout!