Tractor Trailer Driver Hurt When Milk Load Shifts

CORDOVA, Md. (AP) — Maryland State Police say a tractor trailer driver was hurt when his rig hauling milk rolled on its side as he drove on a sharp curve.

Troopers were called Tuesday about 5:35 a.m. to Church Lane in Cordova. Police say James Sanchez, 43, was traveling north when the weight shifted in his trailer.

Troopers say Sanchez may have been trapped in his vehicle for an hour before a local farmer found him.

Sanchez was flown to Shock Trauma in Baltimore, where he was listed in stable condition.

Crews cleaned up the 5,000 gallons of milk that spilled onto the road.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • Drive Much?

    This driver was operating a “tanker” rig, designed specifically for food-grade products. Tankers of this type have no internal baffles that serve to limit the movement (and the resulting inertia) of the liquid contents. A lack of baffles is mandatory for food-grade tankers, to reduce the incidence of deadly bacteria that could possibly result from ineffective cleaning and sterilization of the tank. The tanks are “smooth bore”, meaning that they are easier to clean than tanks with internal baffles that may tend to collect residue and unwanted bacterial growth. All drivers that operate Tanker Rigs must receive specific training, and be certified with an endorsement showing on their license for the rig. (I, myself, have been trained and certified to operate tankers.) The most important aspect of the training is a focus on the safety issues involving load movement in the tank and driving skills that anticipate and counteract the movement of the liquid cargo. This driver wrecked his tanker vehicle, despite extensive training and certification for operating the vehicle and its cargo safely. In the opinion of a certified tanker professional: “This driver is a moron.”

  • Sanchez

    This is our son and you do not know the particulars of that accident. how can you give a comment calling someone a moron, thank God he is alive !

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