Truck rolls, spills 10,000 pounds of salmon across road

JUNEAU, AK (AP) – Alaskans are always excited by salmon runs, unless it’s across a highway.

A transport truck carrying chum salmon to a cannery in Alaska’s capital city rolled Monday afternoon, spilling the fish across three of the highway’s four lanes and backing up traffic for about 90 minutes.

Juneau police spokesman Lt. David Campbell said his police chief, Bryce Johnson, was one of six officers who responded to the scene, and the chief confirmed the area did smell.

Campbell says the amount of fish spilled wasn’t immediately known, but men who looked like fishermen in slickers were cleaning fish off Egan Highway.

The fish was destined to one of the canneries in Juneau, and Campbell says he didn’t know if the men cleaning it were from the cannery or the transport company.

The driver had minor injuries, but he wasn’t taken to the hospital. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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