Frozen pea spill causes shut down on Route 9


MARLBORO >> An overturned tractor trailer on Route 9 between MacArthur Road and Hamilton Road closed the heavily used thoroughfare for several hours on Friday.

According to a press release from the Vermont Department of Motor Vehicles, Rustamkhuja Umarkhujaev, 47, of Kissimmee, Fla., who was driving for Globe Express, Inc. headquartered in Chicago, was driving too fast for the road when the vehicle flipped on its side, spilling the cargo, 42,000 pounds of frozen peas in boxes.

As part of the crash investigation, an inspector discovered Umarkhujaev had been operating a vehicle with seven violations, the most serious of those being an air leak on trailer and inoperative brake on driver side axle No. 2 of the truck, which resulted in it catching fire.

One ticket was issued by DMV for the equipment violation and Vermont State Police ticketed the driver for his speed. Both the truck and trailer were placed out of service for three of the violations discovered.

Umarkhujaev was transported to Brattleboro Memorial Hospital for treatment of injuries sustained in the crash, including possible broken ribs and a concussion.

The Marlboro Fire Department and the Marlboro Highway Department assisted with traffic. DJ's Truck Service, Rose Ledge Trucking, Marlboro Collision, and Brattleboro Towing all helped to clean up the scene.


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