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Amber Alert

Thursday, May 31, 2007

Flipped semi-truck dumps 26,000 lbs ham on Highway 34

The westbound lanes of U.S. 34 by New London were closed to traffic early this morning.
As people started their morning commutes they were detoured through New London after the trailer of a flipped semi-truck broke open and covered the roadway and median with 26,000 pounds of uncured ham.
The accident occurred, said a Henry County Sheriff's report, at 1:33 a.m. when the driver, Roger Allen Hageman, 51, of Ute, Iowa, fell asleep at the wheel. The truck, owned by Moeller Trucking, Denison, entered the median ditch. At that time the driver awoke and attempted to bring the truck back onto the roadway.
The tractor and trailer flipped onto the driver's side and came to rest across both westbound lanes of traffic.
Nearly the entire load of the meat was spilled into the median and onto the roadway when the trailer split open during the accident, requiring a lengthy clean-up process.

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