Soybean spill, U.S. 131 near I-196, Grand Rapids.
GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Michigan State Police had to call in a local environmental company to help clean up an unusual spill on a kent county freeway.
The accident happened around 3 p.m. Wednesday. The semi driver was on his way to the market, heading southbound on U.S. 131 near I-196 when the trailer frame cracked, sending a load of soybeans onto the highway.
"I was just coming around the bend, then felt and heard something," says truck driver Tony Sill. "The trailer just split open on me. I saw beans flying and wheeled it over to the side as quickly as possible."
The Kent County Road Commission sent out a heavy equipment to help scoop up the spill. State troopers say they called in Plummers Environmental Services to vacuum up the remaining soy beans.
The semi driver says his rig is only five years old, so he has no idea why it would crack.
"It kind of sucks, but the biggest thing was that no one was hurt," says Sill. "That's all that matters."
The spill closed the left lane of U.S. 131 for about three hours. It reopened around 6 p.m.