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, "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."