Two produce trucks overturn in high winds

High winds caused a semi-trailer truck to crash at 6 a.m. Monday on Interstate 70 west of Kingdom City, scattering potatoes and onions onto the median.

The tractor-trailer truck was driven by Daniel Batliner, who was not injured. The accident occurred on Interstate 70 close to the 143-mile marker near the MM exit.

Batliner’s truck was eastbound when a gust of wind caused a trailer tire to drive into the median, which threw the truck out of control and caused it to overturn.  

The Callaway County Heath Department embargoed all of the produce and ordered all of it to be taken to a landfill.

Earlier in the morning, another tractor-trailer rig carrying produce was involved in an accident. The truck, which was carrying strawberries, overturned about 4 a.m. Monday on U.S. 63, just south of Highway 22 in Boone County. The driver, Arpinder Singh, 28, Perris, Calif., had minor injuries, but refused treatment at the scene.

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