Nearly 500 pounds of potatoes were distributed among several Franklin County shelters and food pantries Saturday after an accident on I-64 Tuesday involving a semi carrying 40,000 potatoes left local emergency crews with about 50 bags of spuds to get rid of.
The semi, driven by Robert Lambe, 56, who was hauling potatoes for Utah-based James H. Clark and Sons Hauling Inc., was stacked with large paper bags filled with smaller 10-pound bags of potatoes. When the truck overturned after Lambe reportedly reached for his pet Chihuahua, some of the large paper bags broke open, making the 10-pound sacks inside these bags unable to be sold.
But instead of sending those bags to the dumpster, Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton had a better idea.
“Money’s tight right now,” Melton said. “This was a great opportunity to make sure that we keep people with food and that nobody goes hungry.”
More than 300 pounds of potatoes went to Access Soup Kitchen, while the Franklin County Women’s Shelter, Simon House and Frankfort’s Volunteers of America’s Transitional Living program each received about 50 pounds.
Sacks of potatoes also went to several churches to go toward their food pantries, Melton said.
The bags were given out Saturday afternoon in Lawrenceburg at Carey’s Towing and Recovery, which responded to the accident site Tuesday to help turn the truck back over.