Police: Wind toppled grocery-laden truck

Posted: Wednesday, September 26, 2001

JUNEAU (AP) -- A tractor trailer carrying groceries to a local store was toppled by a gust of wind, Juneau Police said.

No one was injured in the crash, which happened at about 2:46 p.m. on Monday as the truck was turning off of Egan Drive onto Vanderbilt Hill Road. Traffic on Vanderbilt Hill Road was closed for about 3 hours as a result of the crash, police said.

No information on the strength of the wind was available, but a witness said the same gust nearly forced their car into an adjoining lane, said Sgt. Walt Boman of the Juneau Police Department.

The truck, operated by Alaska Marine Lines, was carrying about 60,000 pounds of groceries for Fred Meyer retail store when it flipped, police said.

No groceries spilled onto the roadway. No damage estimate was available Wednesday.

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