UPDATE: 52,000 pounds of cranberries spill in Marathon County
KRONENWETTER (WAOW) -
A large load of cranberries spilled on I-39 in Marathon County Tuesday afternoon after a trailer split in half.
It happened just after 4:00 p.m. at Kowalski Road. According to the Kronenwetter Police Chief, the semi driver thought he had a flat tire. When he pulled over he saw the trailer was split in half. The driver was driving for Lake Nokomis Cranberries of Eagle River.
According to the police chief, roughly more than 50,000 pounds of berries spilled, causing the right lane of interstate to close for about a mile.
The police chief says the driver was with his wife at the time. Neither person was injured.
Marathon County highway maintenance workers responded to clean up the cranberries. A tow truck was called to pull the semi away.
Traffic was backed up but is moving smoothly on I-39 southbound lanes.
Officials say they don't have an exact cause for why this happened.
"Just after time these trailers get old they get metal fatigue and they decide to give and it's unfortunate, fortunate and unfortunate, we're very fortunate no one's been hurt it's nothing but a loss of cranberries and definitely a trailer," said Kronenwetter Chief of Police Dan Joling.