FORSYTH -- Interstate 75 northbound traffic crawled through Monroe County for more than five hours Tuesday after a FedEx truck hauling two trailers of packages overturned.
The truck was the only vehicle involved, and no one was hurt in the accident near mile marker 183 about 10:30 a.m., according to a news release from the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office.
A couple of hours after the wreck, northbound traffic inched along in two right lanes, and spectators watched from the Simmons Road bridge. Some debris spilled onto the southbound side of the median.
Monroe County Emergency Service workers used a bulldozer-like vehicle to push piles of packages, grapefruits, Christmas presents and more from the roadway.
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Lewis May, who drives a wrecker for Buice’s Garage in Forsyth, collected scattered Redbox DVDs in a broken cardboard box.
May said he’s seen similar wrecks, but this truck was carrying a lot of valuable cargo.
“The most valuable thing I’ve probably seen is a lot of laptops,” May said.
Deputies left the scene about 3 p.m. and Department of Transportation employees handled the situation with FedEx Ground from there, said Allison Selman-Willis, public information officer for the sheriff’s office.
“It’s a mess,” Selman-Willis said. “I have no idea how they’re going to sort it out, because boxes were smashed open.”
Jesse Bull, who handles public relations for FedEx Ground, said the company dispatched teams Tuesday afternoon to help clean the scene and minimize impact on customer service.
“All the cargo will be examined for damage,” Bull said. “(FedEx) will go through every package (and) every item. ... What customers can do is track their packages on FedEx.com or call 1-800-GoFedEx, and if they have any issues with their packages, they can contact their shipper, and their shipper can work with FedEx.”
The truck was traveling from Orlando, Florida, to Kentucky, Bull said.
A FedEx truck also wrecked in Mahwah, New Jersey, on Monday morning, spilling packages along Interstate 287.