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Peach Truck Accident near Hilmar on Highway 165

August 10, 2011- A big rig carrying 50,000 pounds of peaches overturned on Highway 165, near Turner Avenue in Hilmar, at 11:30 AM. The driver, Juan Florencio Gomez, told the Highway Patrol that he was traveling at about 35 mph on the highway, heading south.

Gomez came to a curve in the road, and a cable holding the load of peaches to the trailer broke, causing the load to shift with the turn. Because of the shift in weight the truck and trailer both tipped over, dumping all the peaches in the bins onto the shoulder of the highway.


The driver suffered minor injuries to his left arm and was taken to a local hospital by ambulance. There were no other vehicles involved in the crash.