Semi filled with eggs crashes on I-80

BY DI STAFF | FEBRUARY 18, 2011 7:20 AM

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The driver of a semi-truck avoided serious injury Wednesday morning after losing control of his vehicle on Interstate 80.

Adrian Thomas, 30, Gunbarrel City, Texas, was driving westbound on Interstate 80 in the right lane around 8:40 a.m. when he reached for a cup and lost control, the accident report said.

The report said Thomas’s truck then struck the guardrail on an overpass bridge near the 228 mile marker, and came to rest on its side in the north ditch.

Rescuers extracted Thomas from the vehicle and took him to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics by ambulance.

State Patrol officials said Thomas was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the accident, and his injuries were not serious.

Thomas was driving for the Florilli Transportation, a West Liberty company, and state troopers said the crash left boxes of scrambled eggs on the highway.

At first, Thomas claimed he hit a patch of water, but investigation by the state patrol found marks on the road indicating he had steered hard to the right.

Investigators didn’t find any puddles in the area, and Thomas later said he had reached for a cup.

Officials said fog did not contribute to the crash; traffic was delayed for approximately two hours after the accident.

— by Hayley Bruce

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