NEWPORT — A crash on Thursday afternoon, Feb. 22, involving two trucks on state Route 66 near the intersection of Rangeline Road, south of Newport, resulted in a pile of spilled soybeans and a pile of spilled gravel blocking the state route.
The crash happened at approximately 2:15 p.m. The hitch on a pickup truck hauling a trailer of soybeans malfunctioned, causing the trailer to swing into oncoming traffic. A dump truck hauling 22 tons of gravel collided with the trailer of soybeans and then collided with a car. The loads of soybeans and gravel from the trailer and dump truck spilled on to state Route 66, completely blocking the road in both directions.
Two people were transported to the hospital with nonlife-threatening injuries.
The Shelby County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene and shut down state Route 66 from the intersection of state Route 47 in Newport to Rangeline Road.
At press time, the two-lane road was still closed.