Hundreds of pounds of bait fish spilled on Route 1A

Posted Aug. 20, 2010, at 7:49 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.

HOLDEN, Maine — A truck hauling bait fish left at least 100 pounds of its load behind on U.S. Route 1A late Thursday night.

“We have no idea who it was, but we’ve seen it before,” Sgt. Eugene Fizell said Friday. “We’ve had several incidents of fish sloshing out” of delivery trucks, he said, recalling at least two such mishaps that occurred in the past decade.

In one of those instances, bait fish and water completely filled the passenger compartment of a woman’s convertible car, he said.

In Thursday night’s incident, Fizell estimated that between 100 and 200 pounds of bait fish were left in the breakdown and travel lanes around 11 p.m.

“The fish probably sloshed out of the truck because the driver either swerved or stopped quickly,” Fizell said. He said fish were scattered from the Irving gas station to the Dysart’s filling station down the road.

“A lot of it was mashed up by passing vehicles,” he said.

What was left was shoveled up by state Department of Transportation workers Friday morning.

“It was a tad odoriferous,” he said.

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