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HANOVER COUNTY, Va. (WTVR) -  Police charged the driver of the tractor trailer that overturned and spilled oranges on I-295 in Hanover Friday morning with reckless driving – failure to maintain proper control.

Jose A. Cruz, 36, of Orlando, Fla., was wearing his safety belt and suffered minor injuries, according to Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. Thomas Molnar.

Orange spill on I-295 (PHOTO: Jerrita Patterson)

Orange spill on I-295 (PHOTO: Jerrita Patterson)

The truck was hauling 76,000 pounds of oranges, according to state police.

"There was a diesel fuel spill from the saddle tanks of the tractor-trailer after it overturned," Sgt. Molnar said.

The spill closed all lanes of I-295 north near Rt. 627/Meadowbridge Rd. between 4 a.m. and 7 a.m. Friday, VDOT advised. The far left lanes reopened by 7:15 a.m.

Drivers were told to use Exit 37 to Route 360 as an alternate route.

Orange spill on I-295 (PHOTO: Jerrita Patterson)

Orange spill on I-295 (PHOTO: Jerrita Patterson)

The orange spill happened about 3:30 a.m. when the truck ran off the right side of the interstate and overturned when the driver over corrected, according to state police.

"The crash remains under investigation," Molnar said.

Orange spill on I-295 (PHOTO: Jerrita Patterson)

Orange spill on I-295 (PHOTO: Jerrita Patterson)

This is a developing story.


  • Brittius

    I thought that Virginia was an 80,000 pound state? If 76,000 pounds of oranges were hauled then maybe, 35,000 pounds to 40,000 pounds extra for tractor and trailer units must be added. At 116,000 pounds, Virginia would need an R-117 permit for weight to be legal.

      • Brittius

        Absolutely. In New York State, at 80,000 pounds, 2% overload is allowed only due to fuel necessary to operate the vehicle. Federal Highway Safety Administration has all brakes rated for 55 mph at 80,000 pounds, and all tires, even load range G and H, rated 55 mph at 80,000 pounds unless otherwise stated by the manufacturer and embossed on the tire.
        With overweight permit, the vehicle must be in the right lane and, the permit is void if speed is 2 (TWO) mph above posted speed limit or above 55 mph in non-posted areas.
        At night, too many push excessive speeds. Weights might not be perfect. It only takes one brake chamber to be out of adjustment, even with automatic slack adjusters. Add a little sleepyhead and fatigue. A 40 ton missile.

  • Ron Melancon

    Wake up!!! Companies who want to push the safety limits transport at night! Over 50% of all trucks and trailers and the abused FARM TAG have major safety violations! I have an e mail from a local police chief that they acknowledge that construction trailers are moved at night bexactly for this reason. ORANGE JUICE ANYBODY?

  • Payne

    76,000 pounds of oranges would be seriously overweight. That’s probably gross weight – a reporting error

  • Mary

    I am so glad that I’m not the only one who noticed the ill reporting error here. The largest overweight permit my licensing and permits department has seen is 5% which is only 84,000 lbs. And assuming the load originated in Florida, it would have to have gone through how many weigh stations? And there is no way a long haul driver hauling of fresh produce would only drive while the weigh stations are closed. It would take too long, and he wouldn’t make any money. Reporters seriously need to get their facts straight before releasing rediculous numbers. Not only does it make them look stupid, it gives our industry a bad name.

  • Orange You Fed Up Yet?

    Was this driver juiced? At the very least, the taste of those oranges didn’t sit well on his pallet.

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