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Big rig crash causes ‘15,000 pounds of hot dog filler to catapult on to the roadway’


Police say that a truck driver will be ticketed following a crash that spilled a large amount of meat product alongside a Pennsylvania interstate.

The crash occurred around 6:40 p.m. on Friday, May 20, on I-70 in Rostraver, Pennsylvania.

Truck driver Makendy Lachald, 30, was traveling westbound on I-70 when he lost control near mile marker 43 and crashed off the right side of the interstate, hitting several trees before coming to a stop.

Lachald and passenger Robert Gilles suffered only minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

“Due to the violent stopping motion of (the tractor trailer) … the trailer became dislodged, causing approximately 15,000 pounds of hot dog filler to catapult on to the roadway,” PSP Trooper Tyler Martier said.

A post crash inspection revealed that the truck experienced brake malfunctions prior to the crash.

“Further investigation after the crash revealed that multiple brakes on the vehicle were completely inoperable, resulting in a total loss of stopping power,” Martier said.

Local outlet TribLive reports that Lachald will be cited for speeding.


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