Goat-Filled Semi Wrecks Early Friday

Animals, Driver Unharmed

Posted: April 5, 2014

HARRISONBURG — A tractor-trailer hauling goats crashed along Interstate 81 in Rockingham County on Friday morning, but neither the driver nor the animals were injured.

The incident took place about 5:30 a.m. on I-81 near mile marker 258, which is near the Mauzy/Broadway exit, said Virginia State Police spokesman Sgt. F.L. Tyler.

The tractor-trailer’s driver, Millard T. Brown III, 50, of Lignum, was northbound when he ran off the roadway to the right, causing the trailer to overturn. The tractor itself did not overturn, Tyler said.

“It was loaded with goats,” he added. “The trailer was not compromised, none of them got loose ... [during] the crash. The trailer was up-righted and then all of them were removed from the scene, still inside the trailer.”

Trooper S.A. Lam investigated the wreck.

Brown was charged with reckless driving. Tyler said fatigue might have been a factor.

The truck came to rest on its side along the right shoulder, but emergency vehicles temporarily blocked the right lane. All travel lanes reopened at 9:30 a.m., said Sandy Myers, spokeswoman for the Virginia Department of Transportation’s Staunton District, which includes Rockingham County.

Contact Jonathon Shacat at 574-6286 or jshacat@dnronline.com

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