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SUFFOLK, VA – A semi tractor trailer truck transporting a load of frozen chickens crashed early Thursday morning, October 28, on a busy road in Virginia. The driver was injured in the roll-over truck accident which occurred on U.S. Highway 58 in the city of Suffolk, VA. The accident area is in the far southeast corner of the state, just southwest of the Norfolk-Portsmouth-Virginia Beach metro region, about 86 miles southeast of Richmond, VA and about 51 miles north of Edenton, North Carolina.

Early Thursday morning an unidentified truck driver was driving a semi tractor trailer east on U.S. Highway 58 through southeast Virginia. U.S. Highway 58 is also known locally as Holland Road. The trailer section of the semi was loaded with a cargo of about 60,000 pounds of frozen chickens.

The destination of the driver or his company is not known.

The truck accident occurred at about 1:40 a.m. Thursday morning as the driver moved through the city of Suffolk. The tractor trailer was in the 6000 block of Holland Road/US 58 near the intersection with Longstreet Lane when the truck driver suddenly lost control of the 18 wheeler rig. The semi truck apparently went off-balance, tipped and rolled, and then flipped over on its side trapping the driver inside the cab. The tractor trailer came to a rest in a ditch running alongside the highway.

No other persons or vehicles were involved in the truck accident.

Suffolk emergency teams rushed to the scene of the roll over truck accident. A crew used a variety of tools to extricate the truck driver from the cab section of the semi. Once he was freed paramedics gave him immediate care and got him stabilized. He was then transported by ambulance to nearby Sentara Obici Memorial Hospital. The exact nature of his injuries has not been released but a spokesperson said that they were not life threatening.


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The force of the truck accident broke open the trailer section of the semi and a significant amount of frozen chickens spilled out onto the roadway. Police responding to the crash shut down part of the eastbound lanes of Holland Road/US 58 around the truck accident site. Officers diverted vehicles around the rolled over tractor trailer and diverted drivers to the westbound lanes, allowing one lane in both directions.

Highway crews were brought in to clear up the frozen chickens strewn across the highway. Once the cargo was cleaned up at around 7:30 a.m. another team worked to get the semi trailer back up on its wheels and off the roadway. A section of Holland Road/US 58 would be closed for most of the night as the crews cleared the truck accident scene, leading to delays throughout the morning commuter rush.

According to an official the rollover crash damaged the road surface and the eastbound lanes would remain closed until the repairs could be made. All lanes of eastbound Holland Road/US 58 were finally opened at around 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon, almost 12 hours after the truck accident.

Police conducted a reconstruction of the single vehicle crash but have not released their findings to the public. Generally there are several factors that can cause a roll-over truck accident. In some cases the crash is caused by excessive speeds, while other roll-overs are caused when the cargo inside the trailer shifts, throwing the semi truck off-balance. Sometimes another vehicle darts into the path of a semi truck causing the truck driver to swerve to avoid a collision.

No charges or citations have been brought at this time and the truck accident remains under investigation.

Gordon Elias & Seely, LLP recommend that if you know anyone who has been injured or killed as the result of a commercial truck accident involving a semi truck, 18 wheeler, big rig, tractor trailer or bus, tell them to immediately contact a qualified truck accident lawyer for advice. Often times the truck company and the truck driver will be from other states other than where the accident occurred. Truck accident attorneys often times have relationships with other experienced truck accident attorneys licensed in other states. Gordon, Elias & Seely LLP are licensed in Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana and Washington, DC and have informal relationships with other truck accident lawyers. For more information, visit their page about VA truck accident lawyers or call 800.773.6770.

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