Truck hauling cheese tips over near Wilson County H.S. - WKRN News 2

Truck hauling cheese tips over near Wilson County H.S.

Posted: Updated: Oct 15, 2012 1:43 PM CDT
LEBANON, Tenn. -

A lot of people were late for work in southeastern Wilson County Monday morning after a semi-truck full of cheese rolled over at the narrow intersection of a State Highway 265/Central Pike and Leeville Road, just to the west of Wilson County Central High School.

The driver of the 18-wheeler was unhurt in the accident that happened shortly after 2 a.m., but his overturned rig blocked a portion of Central Pike for several hours, forcing drivers to find lengthy alternate routes.

Tire marks indicate the trucker was headed south on Leeville Road when he slid into a ditch while turning onto the shoulder-less state road.

"I think he was lost," said a tow truck driver who managed to move the semi about mid-morning.

"You really got to know these roads," he added.

A measurement of Leeville Road at the intersection indicated it is 32 feet wide at the intersection.  Central Pike is 24 feet wide.

It's believed the cheese truck driver was headed to a food wholesaler on the outskirts of Lebanon a few miles away.

The tow truck had to wait for several hours to move the semi as 43,000 pounds of shredded cheese was unloaded from the overturned cargo trailer.

A Tennessee Department of Agriculture official at the scene could not say if the boxes of the dairy items could be saved.

The Tennessee Department of Transportation said there were no immediate plans to widen the state road or add a shoulder.

TDOT indicated any projects in that area are recommended by the Metro Planning Organization.

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