ORANGE CRUSH: Big Rig Hauling Oranges Crushes MoDOT Truck
Columbia, Missouri – A Missouri Department of Transportation (MoDOT) truck parked along the shoulder of I-70 was crushed Sunday evening after a tractor-trailer, hauling oranges, plowed into it.
Missouri State Highway Patrol (MSHP) troopers reported the accident happened along eastbound I-70 at approximately 9:30 p.m.
According to investigators, a 2015 Freightliner tractor-trailer driven by 35-year-old Davinder Singh of California, traveled off of the right side of the roadway and struck a GMC Sierra MoDOT truck near the 113 mile marker east of Boonville.
Singh’s big rig then continued on into a ditch before overturning and spilling out several pallets of the load of oranges.
Investigators said Singh claimed to have seen a light in the road which caused him to swerve.
However, officials determined there was nothing in the road at the time of the crash.
Authorities also said the MoDOT truck had its emergency flashers on in the moments leading up to being struck.
Singh was transported to a nearby hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries.
Daniel Nelson, 53, of Centralia was in the Sierra during the crash, but he did not report any injuries
MSHP has not yet indicated if Singh will be cited.
Transportation Nation Network will continue to follow any new developments.