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Truck carrying dog food tips

July 22, 2005|BY ANDREW SCHOTZ

HALFWAY - A tractor-trailer carrying 20 tons of dog food toppled on a curved ramp leading from Interstate 70 to Interstate 81 at about 6:30 p.m. Thursday.

Maryland State Police Trooper 1st Class Chris Barnard said the truck was going too fast around the curve.

He said the driver, Gary Wayne Meadows, 51, of Crimora, Va., near Charlottesville, was charged with failing to control speed to avoid a collision.

With a noticeable cut on the left side of his face, Meadows sat on a guardrail near the overturned tractor-trailer.

Meadows, who had been wearing a seat belt, said he didn't think he was going too fast, but still he lost control.

He said he was on his way south to Virginia and stopped at a local truck stop.

The ramp, which connects eastbound Interstate 70 to northbound Interstate 81, was closed as police investigated the accident and a tow company prepared to get the truck upright.

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Pallets of shrink-wrapped dog food bags were on their side in the open trailer.

Barnard said the 2000 Mack belongs to IDM Trucking of Weyers Cave, Va., which also is near Charlottesville.

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