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Dog food spills when truck flips on U.S. 501

A 58-year-old Ogden, Utah, man was charged with reckless driving/failure to maintain proper control after the tractor–trailer he was driving overturned at 6:45 Tuesday morning blocking both lanes of Highway 501, one-tenth of a mile south of Cedar Fork Loop.

According to an accident report filed by Virginia State Trooper A. D. Sargent, Steve Cullum was driving a 2013 Freightliner tractor-trailer when he dozed off and ran off the right side of the road striking a tree before he overcorrected the rig and overturned scattering bags of dog food across both lanes. 

Cullum exited the vehicle to survey the damage of the tractor-trailer just as 20-year-old Brandon Rogers of Nathalie approached the scene driving a 1994 Ford Ranger. Rogers attempted to avoid hitting the tractor-trailer, which was blocking both lanes, by veering right. 

Dishman said Rogers hit a patch of wet gravel causing the Ranger to slide into the dumpster Cullum was leaning against striking Cullum.

 Cullum suffered a few broken bones and was transported to the hospital by the rescue squad. 

Sargent said most of Cullum’s injuries resulted from the initial crash. Rogers was not injured.

The tractor-trailer was hauling 40,000 pounds of dog food, and the Virginia Department of Transportation spent four hours clearing the road. Both lanes of traffic reopened at 11 a.m. 

Sargent estimated damage to the Ford Ranger at $1,000, and the tractor-trailer owned by Shipex Inc. was listed as a total loss.