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Grist Mill Fire Crash Not Caused by Speeding, Police Say

Chiquita Fresh North America is cited with "fail to prevent cargo from shifting."

The  and state police departments have concluded that the driver of the truck that overturned last month and caused  that severely damaged the historic  was not speeding. 

"Investigators determined there was no evidence that the operator of the tractor trailer unit was speeding or otherwise operating impaired," states a press release from the Seekonk police that was issued Thursday afternoon. "The investigating state trooper determined that there had been a failure to prevent cargo shifting due to no spacers between pallets and walls over 1.6 feet of space inside the shipping container."  

The release continues, "The container was on the trailer. The container was not the property of the trucking company nor had it been packed by the trucking company."

Chiquita Fresh North America LLC of Cincinnati was cited by state police with "fail to prevent cargo from shifting," according to the release. The truck was carrying bananas. 

The fire started shortly before 6 a.m. on June 24 after the truck overturned and struck a gas main. The truck was passing through a y-shaped intersection on Fall River Avenue (Route 114A) that the state has determined to be

Local and state officials have accused Columba Gas of taking too long to turn off the gas service to the building during the fire. Company officials were supposed to appear at the Board of Selectmen meeting Wednesday night, but  for an undisclosed reason.

Approximately 70 percent of the Grist Mill building, which has stood since the mid-18th century (with modifications including a reconstruction following a 1957 fire), was not destroyed in the fire, . He plans to rebuild the restaurant. A Zoning Board of Appeals hearing regarding variances for the reconstruction project is scheduled to take place Monday.

paul July 14, 2012 at 10:01 AM
Take it easy tough guy people get laid off and fired every day. In the long run it's just a job and thank God no one got killed. On some hauls when a driver picks up an over the road load, the container is sealed to prevent theft. On these types of runs the driver does not load or pack the container and is not libel. This is not the age of zero responsibility, it's the other way around, the cops always find someone to blame and this time it was the dockboy from Chiquita. Admit you were wrong!
deb of see-attleboro July 14, 2012 at 12:08 PM
Ty for the education, JTF Yes. Of course the driver shares in the responsibility for the safety of the vehicle. I would think this is only to make sure all routine maintenance is performed and any malfunctions are addressed. If the mechanic fails to properly connect a brake line, this would not be the driver's fault, would it? (I'm not a mechanic, but I think you know what I mean) My point was that the driver may be no more responsible for a load shift as he would be for failed brakes or a manufacturer's defect in the truck. Robert sees this differently. But if what you have written is correct, he may want to reconsider his opinion and lighten up on the driver.
Just the Facts July 17, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Thats what you come back with? Really? So when you blow a tire and veer off the road into a bus stop full of children, you would be completly accepting of the responsibility? You as the operator are responsible for everything and everyone in your vehicle. Right? It wouldn't be a tragic case of a bad thing @ a bad time? You truly are ignorant as your posts.
concerned citizen July 17, 2012 at 01:08 AM
How can anyone say there is nothing wrong with that intersection? It is deemed one of the most dangerous! I know first hand how dangerous it is, I was struck by a car who was trying to cross over from 114 to Mill Road as I traveled straight from 114 to Arcade. The town and the state need to take some responsibility for not addressing and correcting the intersection. It remains a disaster waiting to happen even after this tragedy. That intersection makes me cringe!!!
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