Catfish hauler overturns in Oktibbeha County

By The Associated Press

STARKVILLE — Some Oktibbeha County residents were treated to a catfish dinner Tuesday after a truck overturned on U.S.. Highway 82 and spilled its load of fish in the median.

The truck, owned by B&B Farms, overturned about 12 miles west of Starkville.

Highway Patrol spokesman Brian Mobley tells the Commercial Dispatch that the driver apparently lost control, went into the median and hit a culvert. The driver was not seriously hurt.

Several thousand catfish spilled from the truck.

Nearby residents armed with coolers filled up with fish before troopers chased them away so a tow truck and a Mississippi Department of Transportation crew could clean up the scene.

While the truck was pulled from the median, MDOT workers removed catfish from the overturned containers, then tossed them into coolers, trash cans and other bins.

Stewart Teague, owner of Bulldog Towing, says his company gave away some of the salvaged catfish to some of the responders at the scene so they didn’t go to waste.