An overturned semi-truck caused southbound traffic on the Edward T. Breathitt Pennyrile Parkway to be shut down for several hours on the morning of August 30, 2011, when it spilled chicken wastes on the roadway. Trucker Marvin Phillips, 69, was northbound at approximately 3:30 a.m. when he fell asleep, according to the Evansville Courier and Press.
The 1998 Freightliner Phillips was driving traveled into the median before turning on its side and spilling the poultry viscera into the southbound lanes. The Courier and Press reported that a Kentucky state highway crew helped clean up the spilled entrails and spread sand at the crash site in an effort to absorb the remaining waste, but the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said that a strong odor could linger at the site for several days.
Southbound lanes were closed until approximately 9:15 a.m. and traffic was detoured onto U.S. 41, according to the Courier and Press. Phillips was wearing a seatbelt and was reportedly uninjured, but this once again calls attention to the role driver fatigue plays in many truck accidents. The mess alone was bad enough, but if this accident had occurred a few hours later, there could have been serious injuries. Whether Phillips had accumulated too many hours driving or did not get enough rest between shifts, hopefully this truck accident will make him take additional precautions in the future.