Truck crash snarls Route 58 traffic

Published 10:45 am Thursday, October 28, 2010

Eastbound lanes of Holland Road near the intersection with Longstreet Lane were closed for nearly 12 hours on Thursday as crews worked to clean up the scene of an accident in which a tractor trailer loaded with 60,000 pounds of frozen chicken rolled onto its side in a ditch.

One lane of traffic in each direction was moving on the westbound side of the highway for a portion of the cleanup. The eastbound lanes were reopened at about 1:30 p.m.

The accident was reported at 1:48 a.m. Fire and rescue personnel responded to the scene and extricated the driver, who was transported to Sentara Obici Memorial Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Suffolk spokesperson Debbie George.

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Early estimates from the city were that the wreck, located in the 6000 block of Holland Road, would take at least an hour and a half to clear. By 7:30 a.m., wreckers were on the scene, attempting to set the tractor trailer upright, George said in a press release.

In a separate release at 10:20 a.m., however, she stated that damage to the roadway would keep the lanes closed “longer than expected.”