Rig, trailer filled with ice cream overturns

Mar. 13, 2013 @ 06:20 PM

The driver of an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer escaped without injury after his rig loaded with ice cream rolled onto its side in Vance County Wednesday afternoon while traveling Interstate 85.

No other vehicles were involved. Traffic slowed but kept moving in both directions near the scene, which was just beyond the Satterwhite Road exit.

The truck, traveling north, overturned into an area of wide median, providing more room for emergency workers to respond. The refrigerated area did not open on impact.

Trooper Brent Montgomery said the driver, 76-year-old Bobby Leroy Griffin of Winston-Salem, indicated he may have had a medical condition before the crash.

“He remembered kind of blacking out before it happened,” Montgomery said. “He was walking around, alert, afterward. He was taken to Maria Parham Medical Center with non-threatening injuries, pretty much so he could be checked out.”

Griffin’s rig overturned just before 1 p.m. His exact destination was not released. The refrigerated trailer was hauling ice cream destined for grocery stores.

USDA officials were notified, a protocol involving food in transit. Late in the afternoon, it was not known if the contents were salvageable.

Montgomery said that the value of a refrigeration tractor-trailer is close to $200,000 when purchased. No estimate on how damaged the rig might be was available on Wednesday.


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