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Gone fishin': Motorists scoop up catfish from overturned truck on Highway 82

 

A Mississippi Department of Transportation worker, who wished not to be identified, tosses catfish from the container of an overturned truck into a cooler Tuesday morning in the median of Highway 82. The catfish truck, owned by B&B Farms, overturned near the Highway 82 and Douglastown Road interchange, about 12 miles west of Starkville.

A Mississippi Department of Transportation worker, who wished not to be identified, tosses catfish from the container of an overturned truck into a cooler Tuesday morning in the median of Highway 82. The catfish truck, owned by B&B Farms, overturned near the Highway 82 and Douglastown Road interchange, about 12 miles west of Starkville. Photo by: Tim Pratt

 

A Mississippi Department of Transportation worker, who wished not to be identified, tosses catfish from the container of an overturned truck into a cooler Tuesday morning in the median of Highway 82. The catfish truck, owned by B&B Farms, overturned near the Highway 82 and Douglastown Road interchange, about 12 miles west of Starkville.

 

The remains of a catfish truck owned by B&B Farms lay in the median of Highway 82 Tuesday morning, just east of Douglastown Road. The driver of the truck, Bill Baker, of Eupora, sustained minor injuries, but was treated and released from the hospital shortly after the wreck.

 

Dusty Gore, an employee of Bulldog Towing, helps move the remains of a catfish truck from the median of Highway 82 Tuesday morning near Douglastown Road. The driver of the truck sustained minor injuries.

 

 

Tim Pratt

 

 

STARKVILLE -- Dozens of Oktibbeha County residents gathered Tuesday morning at the intersection of Highway 82 and Douglastown Road with their coolers in tow as work crews cleaned up the remains of an overturned catfish truck in the median. 

 

Bill Baker, of Eupora, was driving the B&B Farms truck westbound on Highway 82 shortly after 6 a.m. when he lost control, went into the median and hit a culvert. The overturned truck spilled thousands of catfish throughout the muddy area between the eastbound and westbound lanes.  

 

Residents from nearby homes showed up with their coolers while police and emergency personnel responded to the scene. Dozens of people left with coolers full of fish before Mississippi Highway Patrol troopers made residents leave the median so workers from the Mississippi Department of Transportation and Starkville-based Bulldog Towing could clear the scene. 

 

Baker suffered a contusion to his head and a cut to his back, was treated at North Mississippi Medical Center in Eupora, and returned to the site a short time later. He said he wasn''t sure what caused him to veer off the highway, but does remember feeling alarmed as his truck headed into the median. 

 

"I remember seeing that hole right there," Baker said looking down at the culvert and the remains of his load. "It will make you have a conversation with the good Lord." 

 

Baker, who said he was still "a little dazed" three hours after the crash, was just glad nobody else was injured in the wreck.  

 

Meanwhile, employees from Bulldog Towing pulled the truck from the rain-soaked median and MDOT workers removed catfish from the overturned containers, then tossed them into coolers, trash cans and other bins. Many of the fish were still alive.  

 

Stewart Teague, owner of Bulldog Towing, said his company was been giving away the salvaged catfish to some of the responders at the scene, local firefighters, businesses and friends, "so they don''t go to waste." He didn''t mind letting local residents gather fish from the median for their own families.  

 

"It was unbelievable how much they got," Teague said. 

 

The cause of the accident is still under investigation, Highway Patrol Public Affairs Officer Brian Mobley said. 

 

Mobley and other Highway Patrol troopers were directing traffic past the wreck Tuesday morning via one eastbound and one westbound lane. The Department of Environmental Quality also sent workers to clean up the fuel spill at the scene.

 

 

 

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Reader Comments

Article Comment cje commented at 2/9/2010 3:00:00 PM:

Glad to see they aren't letting the fish go to waste. Filler'up!

 

Article Comment JC commented at 2/9/2010 3:21:00 PM:

Now we just need a hot sauce truck to turn over.

 

Article Comment K commented at 2/9/2010 5:06:00 PM:

Fish Heads Fish Heads Roly Poly Fish Heads ...Fish HEads Fish hEADS EAT THEM up yuuum !

 

Article Comment jerry commented at 2/9/2010 5:08:00 PM:

guy doesn't know why he crashed??????Maybe a drug test in order.Glad someone got the fish

 

Article Comment Sue commented at 2/9/2010 8:22:00 PM:

Just because he doesn't remember doesn't mean he was on drugs.. if you have a concussion you usually don't remember what happened. My daughter was in a wreck and didn't even remember calling me because she had a concussion (and no she wasn't on drugs.. she was 13 and a passenger in the car that wrecked)

 

Article Comment jerry commented at 2/9/2010 9:15:00 PM:

nothing said he had a concussion......a contusion ....was stated .something usually causes an accident...ie...cell phone..inattentive...putting
makeup on... anyway I thought since he was only at hospital a few min and return to scene surely he has some idea what happened....ANYWAY GLAD EVERYONE
IS OK...................

 

Article Comment Screech commented at 2/10/2010 9:21:00 AM:

I cleaned over 600 pounds of fish yesterday, good stuff!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Article Comment Sisyphus commented at 2/10/2010 9:41:00 AM:

"A Mississippi Department of Transportation worker, who wished not to be identified,...", reads the caption under a huge picture showing the guys face.

Good job keeping him anonymous.

Not to mention he smelled of fish for the rest of the workday.

 

Article Comment Bud Webb commented at 2/10/2010 10:59:00 AM:

At least nobody was badly hurt and some people would get a chance for a good fish fry

 

Article Comment Bud Webb commented at 2/10/2010 11:05:00 AM:

At least nobody was badly hurt and some people would get a chance for a good fish fry

 

Article Comment David Holmes commented at 2/10/2010 5:29:00 PM:

Darn, i wish i was there. I love me some catfish. it is like shrimp; fry it, grill it, broil it, whatever!!!!

 

Article Comment chesscat commented at 2/10/2010 9:33:00 PM:

 

Article Comment D Andrews commented at 2/25/2010 9:55:00 AM:

Why is it every time an 18-wheeler has a wreck (some) people automatically assume drugs are involved?? People with comments like that give truckers a bad name. People should be more compassionate toward truck drivers because they are the ones that keep this country going - the majority of the items we use in our everyday lives are hauled by truck drivers. I love my truck driving hubby!!! I'm glad to see this truck driver walked away.

 

Article Comment Baker commented at 3/1/2010 7:31:00 PM:

To the guy Jerry that commented on 2/9/10 catfish wreck.The guy that was driving the catfish truck was drug tested, thats with every truck wreck. Just because he wrecked does not mean that drugs are involved. He walked away with limited injuries. I know because he is my son. God was with him. Do you believe? If you dont you better.He was drug free.

 

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