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Posted on Mon, Jun 17, 2013 : 5:30 p.m.

U.S. 23 accident involving semi loaded with gardening books leaves crews with difficult cleanup

By John Counts


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Police estimated southbound U.S. 23 was to remain closed until 7 p.m. Monday after a semi truck loaded with gardening books rolled over near Brighton earlier in the afternoon.

"The trailer is 52-feet long and was loaded with gardening books, which weigh a lot," Michigan State Police Sgt. Mark Thompson said in a news release. "(They) have to be loaded off before trailer is uprighted."

As of 5:20 p.m., southbound U.S. 23 was still down to one lane. At approximately 5:25 p.m., it was scheduled to be closed entirely as cleanup crews attempted to upright the trailer.

More cleanup was planned after crews got the truck up.

The semi rolled over on U.S. 23 near the eastbound ramp of Interstate 96 in Livingston County around 2:40 p.m. Wednesday, according to the state police.

The driver suffered unknown injuries and was taken to a nearby hospital.

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Ricardo Queso

Tue, Jun 18, 2013 : 2:27 p.m.

Whadya know? A truck farm!

Ricardo Queso

Tue, Jun 18, 2013 : 2:25 p.m.

They asked the driver about the cause ... he's not tilling.


Fri, Jun 21, 2013 : 2:29 p.m.

Rolling on the floor!!!! good one Ricardo!


Tue, Jun 18, 2013 : 10:34 a.m.

So we are finally going to make 23 beautiful again? Clean up in aisle 23.


Tue, Jun 18, 2013 : 3:16 a.m.

Sounds like a job for Roundup!

An Arborigine

Tue, Jun 18, 2013 : 12:49 a.m.

The seeds have been planted for a ripe discussion of this incident. I hope we can yield a bountiful harvest of comments!


Fri, Jun 21, 2013 : 2:28 p.m.

may your imagination continue to flower!

Tim Hornton

Tue, Jun 18, 2013 : 1:23 a.m.

I was stuck for an hour and a half in this mess. The only thing "ripe" were my kids diapers. Worst experience I had in a long time!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tue, Jun 18, 2013 : 1:14 a.m.

Book 'em Dano!


Tue, Jun 18, 2013 : 12:53 a.m.

Your fertile imagination has borne fruit.


Mon, Jun 17, 2013 : 11:08 p.m.

Gardening Books.... Leaves.... HA!