Virginia FAIL: Truck Driver Charged With Reckless Driving
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Rig Hauling 80 hogs Violently Crashes
By Becky Robinette Wright
Jonathan D. Leggett, 37, of Chesterfield, received only minor injuries when his tractor-trailer overturned at the I95/Route 288 interchange on June 7 around 3:15 p.m. Leggett was transporting 80 hogs to Illinois at the time of the crash. Forty-six of the pigs died, 27 died in the accident and 19 were euthanized because of injuries received.
State Police closed the ramp while clean-up took place.
Chesterfield Fire and EMS dispatched Haz Mat 15 for fuel that was leaking from the big rig.
The rig was on its side over a guard rail with the cab smashed.
One hog who escaped from the wreckage could be seen in the near-by wooded area eating watermelons that were remnants from another tractor-trailer crash a week earlier.
“The haz mat team used absorbent and created a diking area for the approximately 30 gallons of fuel that spilled, “ said Lt. Jason Elmore of Chesterfield Fire and EMS. “Firefighters assisted with removal and provided water and cooling flush down of distressed hogs.”
“Leggett was charged with reckless driving and failure to maintain proper control,” said Sergeant Thomas Molnar of Virginia State Police.
The posted speed limit on the ramp is 35 mph. The ramp was reopened at 11:30 p.m.
Firefighters from Stations 14 and 15 also responded to the crash. The tactical safety officer, two battalion chiefs and two fire marshals were also on scene.
Haha, the driver was charged with reckless driving, because in Virginia, everyone gets charged with reckless driving regardless if it was your fault or not.