A tractor-trailer laden
with garbage snapped in half Tuesday morning on the Woodrow Wilson Bridge
near Washington, DC. The incident created a massive traffic jam that lasted
more than six hours and led to a nine-mile backup.
Maryland State Trooper
Ron Fisher said the truck was hauling about 22.5 tons of trash. He blamed
the break on a "structural failure with the trailer due to the weight.
Lengthwise the trailer had no support and couldn't handle the load. It literally
snapped in two."
Fisher said the mess
began when the tractor-trailer, loaded to the top with garbage, became stuck
on the westbound side of the bridge. He said the truck's load apparently shifted,
collapsing the center of the trailer and lifting its rear wheels off the ground.
The driver, Janmie Matthews,
and company, D & M Trucking Inc. of Linden, NJ, likely will not face charges.
"There didn't appear to be anything that could've been done differently,"
said Fisher. "It doesn't appear anyone was at fault."