An accident on eastbound Interstate 24 near Monteagle left eggs, cheese and meat scattered across the highway. The Tennessee State Patrol reported that three tractor-trailers and two cars were involved in the incident that occurred at about 11:20 a.m. on Sunday, November 9. The spillage of eggs, boxes of meat and pallets of cheese required closure of the highway near mile marker 140 until approximately 3 p.m.
Authorities Look to Snapped Axle
The authorities believe that the incident began when an axle snapped on a semi tractor-trailer carrying eggs. The axle failure reportedly caused it to overturn, and thousands of eggs spilled out onto the Interstate. As a result, a number of vehicles were forced to stop, including another semi loaded with meat that had pulled onto the shoulder. Next, a third eastbound tractor-trailer approached the scene. As the driver attempted to swerve to avoid an automobile, it reportedly crashed into the semi carrying the boxes of meat.
Valuable Perishable Goods Involved
The driver of the meat-carrying semi estimated the value of his cargo at about $3 million. An eyewitness described the unpleasant odor of the eggs, cheese and meat to a Times Press reporter. The state patrol stated that there were no serious injuries, but at least one motorist was hurt in the multi-vehicle incident.
Although the investigation into this particular wreck is in its preliminary stages, parts failures on tractor-trailers may result in serious consequences. A snapped axle, a detached wheel and failed brakes are just some of the things that may lead to an accident with injuries. Personal injury attorneys and investigators may look for evidence of defective parts or improper maintenance that might be construed as evidence of negligence. In such cases, the trucking firm, parts manufacturer or maintenance provider might be named as a defendant in a lawsuit filed by an injured party.
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