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Todd Dills

Dream spills?

| March 09, 2009

It’s no laughing matter when a truck tips onto its side, but since two February accidents in Utah saw the rigs’ drivers walk away uninjured, we couldn’t help but note the timing of the accidents — within hours and miles of each other around Salt Lake City — and the definite harmony of their spilled cargos. As reported by the Salt Lake Tribune‘s Steve Gehrke, “>red meat and beer clogged major traffic arteries Tuesday [Feb. 17], slowing the morning commute.”

The first spill happened when a driver loaded with hamburger patties hit a highway divider, which ripped opened his trailer, “>spilling hamburger over the north and southbound lanes of the interstate,” Gehrke wrote.

In snowy conditions across town scarcely two hours later, another driver lost traction, and his tractor careened onto its side, letting go of “>Fat Tire Beer being shipped from Colorado,” Gehrke wrote.

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  • Paul

    My LOL moment was when I read “traffic arteries.” :-) Funny stuff Todd, and a good thing for sure that noone walked away injured. strives to maintain an open forum for reader opinions. Click here to read our comment policy.

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Todd Dills

Todd Dills is Senior Editor of Overdrive magazine and writes from Nashville, Tenn. He frequently covers business, regulatory and lifestyle topics for the magazine and at His work on the “CSA’s Data Trail” series in Overdrive about the federal CSA program was awarded the highest honor in trade journalism – the “Grand Neal” – by American Business Media at the 2014 Jesse H. Neal Awards. Dills’ Channel 19 blog covers a grab bag of on-highway hearsay, owner-operator news and driver views from the roadways the nation over. His work in trucking journalism builds on a background of news feature, fiction and other creative writing and editing. Find him here at the Channel 19 blog and via his Twitter feed, or send tips to or via phone at 205-907-2481.


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