ROSTRAVER, Pa. — Huge globs of pink hotdog stuffing were strewn along Interstate 70 recently after an 18-wheeler crash.
No serious injuries were reported, and no other vehicles were involved in the incident.
The crash happened at around 6:40 p.m. on Friday, May 20, in Rostraver.
Thirty-year-old truck driver Makendy Lachald was driving westbound on I-70 when authorities say he lost control near the 43 mile marker and crashed on the right side of the interstate.
He hit several trees before coming to a stop.
Lachald and a passenger, Robert Gilles, were treated for minor injuries at the scene.
“Due to the violent stopping motion of (the tractor trailer) … the trailer became dislodged, causing approximately 15,000 pounds of hot dog filler to catapult on to the roadway,” PSP Trooper Tyler Martier said.
An inspection after the wreck found that the truck experienced brake malfunctions prior to the crash.
“Further investigation after the crash revealed that multiple brakes on the vehicle were completely inoperable, resulting in a total loss of stopping power,” Martier said.
Police said that Lachald will be cited for speeding.
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