44,000 pounds of pork ruined in rollover

LYNDON—A semi and trailer carrying 44,000 pounds of pork loin lost control and tipped over at the U.S. 75 and K-31/K-268 roundabout at 12:38 p.m. Aug. 5, two miles north of Lyndon.

According to the accident report from the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, a 2010 Peterbilt semi and trailer driven by Medina Fidel, McAllen, Texas, was traveling southbound on U.S. 75 when it entered the roundabout.

The report said the pickup was going too fast and the driver panicked. The trailer struck the outer curb of the southeast side of the traffic circle and overturned onto its passenger side. The report was made by two witnesses and the driver.

The driver was wearing a seat belt and was not injured in the accident, and was escorted by the officer to BETO Junction, where he met up with a ride back to Texas.

The trailer’s cargo was 22 tons of pork loin, which was hauled to the Osage County Transfer Station. Because the trailer had ruptured, the haul was deemed unsalvageable by the Kansas Department of Agriculture.

The semi and trailer were removed by Brown’s Towing, Topeka.

A light pole at the roundabout was also damaged in the accident.

The accident was cleared at 6:45 p.m. Aug. 5, more than six hours after it occurred. Traffic was routed around the accident until it was cleared.

Osage County Sheriff's Office, Kansas Highway Patrol and Kansas Department of Transportation responded to the accident.

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