Accident a sticky situation
Published 10:15 am Wednesday, March 14, 2007
By By Lydia Grimes – features writer
There were enough peanuts scattered after an accident Monday morning to make a lot of peanut butter.
The accident occurred at about 8 a.m. at about the three-mile marker on U.S. Highway 29. Greg Duckett apparently lost control of his trailer truck, which turned over, causing the load of peanuts to go flying across the ditch and side of the road.
Duckett said he didn't know exactly what happened.
Duckett, a self-employed driver from Webb, Ala., was contracted by Co-Opers of America to carry the load of peanuts from Jay, Fla., to Dothan.
Three women traveling down the highway came to Duckett's aid. Dena Easterling and Cassandra Harman both stopped to help, and Rita White climbed to the top of the cab of the truck and got the driver's door open to help free Duckett.
The driver was treated on the scene for a few minor scrapes and a lump on his head, but was not carried to the hospital. East Brewton Police officer, Sgt. Steven Bradley said the load of peanuts weighed 52,640 pounds and was worth $11,700.
The East Brewton Fire Department, Escambia County Rescue Squad, East Brewton Police Department, D.W. McMillan Memorial Hospital Ambulance Service, Escambia County Sheriff's Office and an Alabama State Trooper all responded.