In case of irony, truck hauling weed killer falls apart under oak tree
BATON ROUGE - Firefighters spent Wednesday afternoon removing bags of herbicide from the trailer of an 18-wheeler after it split in half making a turn in downtown.
The truck broke as it was turning right onto North Boulevard from 6th Street near the Old Governor's Mansion. Ironically, it fell apart under one of the stately oaks that grace the boulevard between I-110 and the new courthouse.
The truck was hauling 50 to 1,000 pound bags of weed killer. The fire department said it was granule and none spilled. There is no hazard, a Baton Rouge Fire Department Spokesperson said.
At first a witness reported the truck snagged a limb on an oak tree, but the fire department later clarified the situation saying the truck hit the curb and the jarring impact shifted the load and broke the trailer.
Crews will likely be moving the load from the broken trailer to a new one all evening. Expect road closures in the area.
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