PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Traffic was backed up for miles Thursday morning after a tractor-trailer carrying 46,000 pounds of granite counter slabs tipped over on I-95 North, spilling debris all over the highway.
R.I. State Police say the flat-bed was going around the Thurbers Avenue curve around 1 a.m. when the slabs shifted and the straps securing them snapped, causing the granite to slide off the bed and hit the ground.
The slabs broke into pieces and scattered across the three right lanes and the off-ramp.
Travel was reduced to the far-left lane while R.I. Department of Transportation (RIDOT) crews responded to clear the debris, as well as patch deep gouges in the roadway caused by the slabs falling, according to police.
The highway was fully reopened by about 7:40 a.m.
No injuries were reported, but several vehicles were damaged by the granite.
Police said the truck driver, identified as Carlos Pena Rondon of Philadelphia, was cited for violating several US DOT Motor Carrier safety rules and regulations.