Report: 149,000 lbs of apples spilled along US-31

Oceana County, US-31, apple spill
Apples spilled across the median of US-31 near Pentwater after a semi-truck crashed on Oct. 18, 2016.

WEARE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — Nearly 150,000 pounds of apples were spilled when a semi-truck heading from Sparta to Ludington rolled over on US-31 in Oceana County Tuesday morning, northern Michigan news outlets report.

The crash happened around 10 a.m. near Monroe Road in Weare Township, near Pentwater, the Oceana County Press reports.

The semi was hauling about 80,000 apples weighing in at about 149,000 pounds, according to the Press. They were meant to be used in making applesauce. Photos from the scene show the semi trailer overturned, smashed crates and the apples scattered across the median.

Oceana County, US-31, apple spill
Apples spilled across the median of US-31 near Pentwater after a semi-truck crashed on Oct. 18, 2016.

The semi driver, 62-year-old Dennis Radford of Grand Rapids, told the Press he doesn’t know what caused it.

“It happened so fast,” he told the Press. “I was driving along, hit the brakes, and I ended up here. … Some rescue guys came right away, cut the seatbelt loose, and got me out.”

He sustained minor injuries and was treated at the scene.