Eggs and cows lost in wreck BY RYAN ROBINSON, Staff Writer
A tractor-trailer loaded with hundreds of thousands of eggs struck a cow and overturned in Paradise Township on Thursday.
Route 741 was shut down for six hours.
The tractor-trailer was traveling east in the 700 block of Strasburg Road at 4:42 a.m. when it encountered a cow in the road, according to David Anderson, Kinzer Fire Company's assistant chief.
The driver swerved and braked, but his rig struck the large dairy cow.
The tractor-trailer went through the westbound lane and struck a pole that was supporting a utility pole, knocking down wires, Anderson said.
The truck tore through a wire fence and went down a 10-foot bank, ending up in a pasture between a barn and a small creek. The back of the trailer blocked the road.
The truck driver crawled out of a window of his rig on his own, Anderson said. He was taken to Lancaster General Hospital for treatment of what appeared to be a leg injury that wasn't life-threatening.
Anderson didn't know the truck driver's name.
Two cows were killed, Anderson said. One might have been in the field when it was struck either by the truck or flying debris.
One of the truck's two saddle tanks leaked diesel fuel, and firefighters and a county hazardous-materials team worked to contain the spill.
A small amount of fuel reached the nearby creek, Anderson said. Crews used three sets of booms to catch the fuel before it went downstream.
Route 741 was closed between Hoover and McIlvaine roads until 10:45 a.m.
The name Lehman's Egg Service of Greencastle was printed on the tractor. A call to the business for comment was not returned Thursday.
The truck carried about 280,000 eggs, according to firefighters cleaning up the gooey mess.
About one out of every three eggs broke in the crash, Anderson said. It took about two hours to get the unbroken eggs out of the tractor-trailer.
About half of the total number of eggs in the trailer were gathered and shipped back to their owner to see if they were still safe to eat, he said. A state Department of Health official was at the crash scene.
State police did not immediately release information Thursday about the wreck.
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