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A Fish Story: Catfish Go Flying When Truck Wrecks On Interstate 79

May 16, 1995

MINK SHOALS, W.Va. (AP) _ A load of catfish heading for a new home in an Ohio lake spilled onto an interstate today when the truck crashed. Traffic was disrupted for three hours.

No one was injured.

The truck’s driver, Ricky Scarberry of Chesapeake, Ohio, had picked up 4,000 pounds of fish in Maryland. They were to be used to stock a lake in Chesapeake, said Kanawha County sheriff’s deputy Jim Meddings.

Scarberry struck a tractor-trailer parked on the side of Interstate 79, and a fiberglass fish tank spilled its contents.

``They were on the road,″ Meddings said. ``They were on the ditch line. There were fish 100 feet or more down the interstate.″

Firefighters set up holding tanks and were able to salvage some of the fish, he said. The catfish were later donated to nearby food shelters.

Scarberry was unsure why his rig went off the road, Meddings said. No charges were immediately filed.

Southbound lanes were closed for about three hours.

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