JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. The Washington State Patrol says a rendering truck that spilled dead animal parts across two lanes of northbound Interstate 5 created a seven-mile traffic backup Thursday evening.
Trooper Guy Gill says the truck driver stopped quickly to avoid slow-moving traffic in front of him as he was passing Joint Base Lewis-McChord. What Gill delicately described as "the cargo" spilled over the sides of the open container.
A front-end loader was brought in to clean up and the lanes reopened shortly before 9 p.m. Gill says the driver was cited for failure to secure his load.
In a photo post on Twitter, Gill said:
Here's a picture of the debris we're dealing with. Not one of the glamours parts of our job that's for sure!! pic.twitter.com/3iJMZ2I4W8— Trooper Guy Gill (@wspd1pio) August 2, 2013
Gill also tweeted: "I know this doesn't look good but trust me, it smells even worse!"
The trooper says the same thing happened in the same area in late June when a rendering truck braked quickly and its load "just sloshed over."