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Truck carrying live crabs wrecks in Johnston County

Posted March 14, 2012

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— Both northbound lanes of Interstate 95 were closed early Wednesday near Micro after a 15-foot box truck carrying live crabs overturned, authorities said.

According to officials with the State Highway Patrol, 45-year-old David Coleman, of Maryland, lost control of the truck just before 4 a.m. and overturned. Coleman, who suffered minor injuries, told troopers he swerved to avoid a deer. 

As of 5:30 a.m., crews were on scene trying to clean up crabs that got out of the wooden boxes in which they were being transported. Another truck Coleman was traveling with returned to the wreck to help load the crabs.

Authorities weren't sure what type of crabs the two trucks were transporting, but they did say they were on the way to Maryland.

The state Department of Transportation expected the road to remain closed until around 6 a.m.

Charges are pending in the wreck, but authorities said Coleman was wearing a seat belt and that speed and alcohol were not factors in him losing control of the truck. No other information was released.


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  • movetomaui Mar 16, 2012

    **"A deer at 4 a.m.? I'm going to guess that David took a very brief nap."

    So you are saying there are no deer out at 4 am? I'm surprised when I don't see one at 4am.**

    yea didn't you know all deer tuck themselves in their bed's nice and tight at 11pm every night?

  • ripponsd Mar 15, 2012

    For those of you concerned with what types of crabs they were, where they were going, and why they were going to Maryland if Maryland crabs are so great, allow me to explain. They are Blue Crabs, you can obviously tell that from the picture if you know anything about crabs at all. And crabs are not allowed to be caught in Maryland waters during certain parts of the year. The crabbing industry is heavily regulated, and no harvesting is allowed during the winter months. Crab season does not begin until April in Maryland. Which means that the crabs must be shipped in from elsewhere during those times. It also means that no one is getting over on the consumer, because Maryland people know these cannot be Maryland crabs.

  • f6rider Mar 14, 2012

    I perfer "soft shell crabs". Maybe tomorrow morning another truck willl deliver.

  • f6rider Mar 14, 2012

    Got any Old Bay?

  • bombayrunner Mar 14, 2012

    wonder if there were any crab casualtities

  • whyyoulikethat Mar 14, 2012

    I am sure this is not the first story about crabs in Johnston County.

  • nonemeant Mar 14, 2012

    Mm Mm Mm Mm Good!!

  • ants in my pants Mar 14, 2012

    I always knew there were crabs in Johnston County....

  • lorid27549 Mar 14, 2012

    Pepe Silvia....you are sooooo correct about the deer. I don't care what time of day it is, they can run out in front of your car at anytime. I've had to stop a few times in my own driveway for deer crossing.

  • wmb95013 Mar 14, 2012

    some of these jokes about this story are "tidal" Because it's going to take about 6 hours for them to come in.