Truck spills 20,000 pounds of corn on U.S. Highway 87
March 29, 2011 at 3:04 p.m.
Updated March 27, 2011 at 10:28 p.m.
Hogs near Guadalupe will likely dine heartily this week after an 18-wheeler carrying 40,000 pounds of corn emptied half its belly on U.S. Highway 87 North on Monday morning.
The truck, driven by Mateo Barron with Yoakum Grain, was headed to Yoakum with the corn.
"It just ripped open as he was driving down the highway," said Ned Pyatt, maintenance supervisor with the Texas Department of Transportation. "There was corn everywhere."
Pyatt supervised the spill cleanup, which stretched about one-quarter mile on the highway's northbound lanes. It took about an hour.
Deputies with the Victoria County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene at 8:21 a.m.
Although no one was injured, Capt. Herb Tucker said at least two cars ended up in a ditch for unknown reasons.
No one was cited for the incident, he said.
"It was just one of those unfortunate things," he said.
He warned that area hogs and deer are likely to cause traffic hazards.
"I would urge drivers in that area to use extreme caution, because I'm sure the deer and the hogs are going to be coming out," he said.
Pyatt said his department used a special truck to brush the corn to the side of the road, where it will likely rot.
"We swept it off to the side of the road the best we could," he said. "It'll be fine."