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Truck wrecks on I-77, spills candy bars

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By Staff Reports

Staff Reports

HILLSVILLE — State police responded to multiple tractor trailer accidents throughout the day along Interstate 77 on June 6.

The first accident happened at approximately 2:55 p.m., on the interstate’s southbound lane approximately 1.5 miles north of Virginia 620 in Carroll County, according to a police report.

Canute Forbes, 35, of Pompano Beach, Fla., was operating a 2001 Peterbilt tractor trailer belonging to F&H Trucking of Pompano Beach when he lost control of the vehicle and it overturned.

Forbes was traveling well in excess of the speed limit when he suddenly came up on slower traffic, the report said.. He was unable to slow down in time to avoid a collision, so he directed the vehicle up an escape ramp. The trailer rolled back down and overturned, spilling the contents — Milky Way candy bars, according to Virginia State Police First Sgt. Mike Musser.

There was approximately $45,000 worth of damage as a result of the accident, said the report.

Trooper S.M. Cochran investigated the accident, and charged Forbes with reckless driving.

Cochran returned to investigate a second tractor trailer wreck later that evening, at approximately 7:30 p.m.

According to the report, another tractor trailer was slowing due to the wreck earlier that evening, and was unable to stop. The driver went off of the shoulder, and struck a crash truck with an impact cushion, where the shoulder of the road had been closed off.

No injuries were sustained as a result of the second accident, and the damages were minor, according to the report.