Update: Truck driver cited for speeding after tons of trash spills on I-89, Warner River

  • Crews empty trash from a truck that rolled over near Exit 9 of Interstate 89 South on Tuesday.

  • A truck carrying garbage sits on I-89 in the southbound lane on Tuesday morning, July 9, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Crews empty trash from a truck that rolled over near exit 9 of I-89 South on Tuesday morning, July 9, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • A truck carrying garbage sits on Interstate 89 in the southbound lane after rolling over early Tuesday morning in Warner. GEOFF FORESTER photos / Monitor staff

  • Clean up crews from S.G. Reed Truck Services work on getting the trash out of the overturned truck on Interstate 89 in Warner on Tuesday morning. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor staff

  • Clean up crew from S.G. Reed Truck Services works on getting the trash out of the overturned truck on I-89 in the southbound lane on Tuesday morning, July 9, 2019. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

Monitor staff
Published: 7/9/2019 9:15:38 AM

A tractor-trailer loaded with 60,000 pounds of trash rolled over early Tuesday morning on Interstate 89 in Warner, spilling garbage all over the highway and shutting down the southbound lanes for several hours.

Authorities say Shilo White, 46, of Charlestown, was driving the 2014 Western Star truck too fast when it flipped while on the I-89 south on-ramp at Exit 9 and slid onto the interstate. He was transporting garbage from Claremont to Rochester.

At the same time, a Dodge pickup truck passing through on the interstate attempted to avoid the truck by slowing down and moving to the left lane. The pickup, driven by a 25-year-old man from Concord, came to a stop in the debris.

Neither of the drivers were injured. White was issued a summons for speeding.

The crash was first reported to state police at 5:24 a.m. Police re-routed traffic around Exit 9 as I-89 south was closed for several hours.

S.G. Reed Truck Service of Claremont was contacted to remove the tractor-trailer and clean up the debris on the highway.

Some trash spilled into the Warner River beneath the interstate, and fluids leaked out from the tractor-trailer. The state departments of transportation and environmental services are overseeing the clean-up.

DES spokesman Jim Martin said the spill into the river was not too severe and none of the fluid leaked into the water.

“It didn’t appear to be that much, maybe a couple of trash bags that opened up,” Martin said. “A small amount of hydraulic fuel was released from the (tractor-trailer) but it was contained onsite by the fire department before it could reach the river.”

The Warner Fire Department assisted state authorities responding to the crash.

The collision is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Trooper Anthony Pratt at 223-8496.

 

(Nick Stoico can be reached at 369-3321, nstoico@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @NickStoico.)


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