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Slick roads cause truck hauling bananas to lose control, flip on its side

Slick roads are to blame for causing a truck hauling bananas to slip out of control Friday morning.

It happened about 11 a.m. on the westbound lanes of Interstate 10 past Redd Road. Investigators tell ABC-7 a concrete mixer made a sudden stop when traffic slowed in front of it.

The driver said it happened so fast, there was nothing he could do to avoid flipping his truck. That’s when the driver of a red pickup came up behind him spun out in the middle of the road.

The driver of a tractor trailer said he saw the wreck happen right in front of him. He said his natural reaction was to try and exit the freeway to avoid an even bigger wreck.
But the slick roads prevented him from stopping, and he slammed into red pickup, hit a light pole and eventually flipped his semi onto its side.
The truck driver said all he could do was avoid running into any more cars.
“It was raining and everybody started spinning. So I took the exit,” said Niranjan Singh, who was hauling bananas from Houston to Los Angeles. “Everybody started to hit the break so fast so I tried to save people.”
The crash snarled traffic for most of the day, and crews were still trying to clean up the mess six hours later.

No one was seriously hurt in the crash. As of 5:30, only one lane of traffic remains open on I-10 West.

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