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Big rig carrying alfalfa overturns near Salton City

bales spill onto road

June 12, 2001|By AARON CLAVERIE, Staff Writer

SALTON CITY — Bales of alfalfa escaped from their confining ropes when a tractor-trailer rig carrying the bales overturned on a stretch of Highway 86 here.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the 62-year-old Perris man driving the rig drifted off the highway and attempted to correct the situation.

When the driver, Marvin Fundenberger, did, his rig overturned, sending his load flying.

Fundenberger walked away from the accident with a bruised right arm and shoulder. He was wearing his seat belt when the accident occurred.

Highway Patrol Officer Hector Tavares said the CHP kept one lane of the highway open for two and a half hours after the 6:15 p.m. accident while the bales were moved off the road.

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The bales left behind by the trucking company should be picked up today, Tavares said.

According to the news release, strong winds may have contributed to the accident.

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