Truck loaded with chicken nuggets flips in Jones County

lfabian@macon.comJuly 10, 2014 

A trucker hauling chicken nuggets lost control of his rig early Thursday in Jones County.

Southbound U.S. 129 was blocked for about eight hours after the truck flipped near mile post 14 in Jones County.

Deputies got to the scene about 3 a.m., said deputy Mike Pruitt of the Jones County Sheriff’s Office.

“An 18-wheeler flipped over and slid on its side,” Pruitt said.

The cause of the one-vehicle accident was not immediately clear.

“The driver said he might have hit a dip in the road,” Pruitt said.

The truck was loaded with chicken nuggets headed for McDonald’s and weighed a total of 78,000 pounds.

It took crews hours to off-load the nuggets so the truck could be towed away.

The southbound lane remained open much of that time on the highway also known as Ga. 44, Pruitt said, although the Georgia Department of Transportation’s website had indicated all lanes were blocked.

GDOT’s 511 also noted a problem on Ga. 49 near mile post 1.

Pruitt said a portion of the northbound right shoulder washed away near Mattie Wells Elementary, but the travel lanes were not affected.

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