Yes, folks, we are crying over spilled fish this morning in Godwin, North Carolina, a small town five miles southwest of Dunn. An “aquaculture hauler” – a purpose-built flatbed trailer with live fish wells and an oxygenator (either tanks of O2 or a compressor), flipped over early this morning.
Unfortunately the oil that spilled as well was not cooking oil
It was an oily, slimy mess that the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) had to clean up this morning when 20,000 pounds of fresh catfish was spilled all over northbound lanes of I-95. The live wells have the same “liquid surge” physics that a full-sized liquid tanker has, so tip-overs caused from falling off the shoulder of the road are nearly impossible to save.
The area where the incident occurred is part of a work zone, so the tight space could have been a factor to the incident. The footage from local news outlet ABC11 shows very little shoulder in that area of road, so a drop-off onto the soft ground would be catastrophic for a tanker-trailer.
The driver was checked out by EMTs and was not taken to the hospital, according to local news. An after accident drug screening will be in this driver’s future as it is standard protocol.
Traffic is now moving as NCDOT has cleared up the fish and the subsequent oil and fuel spillage. Most traffic maps show the roadway moving at speed, with the local off ramps still showing back-ups. No cause for the accident has been released by law enforcement officials as of posting.