Driver fined for hauling seafood in hot truck

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A Tennessee truck driver was cited for several violations after Indiana State Police say he was caught hauling seafood in an unrefrigerated vehicle.

The Tippecanoe Sheriff's Department made the traffic stop at around 6:30 pm Sunday and called in Indiana State Police. The truck had made an illegal U-turn on State Road 38 east of I-65. Deputies determined the driver, William S. Sligh, 66, was hauling seafood and the truck's refrigeration unit was not working.

The temperature was in the mid-70s on Sunday.

Under an Indiana law enacted last year, companies and drivers now get citations and fines if they are not hauling food properly.

Sligh, who owns the truck, was hauling 2,000 pounds of whole fish. A State trooper found that the internal temperature was in the mid-50s when the allowable temperature is 41 degrees.

The Tippecanoe County Board of Health arrived and the entire load was dumped into dumpsters from Republic Services out of Lafayette.

Sligh was cited for false registration, insurance violation and illegal U-turn by the Tippecanoe County Sheriff Department. The State trooper cited and put the driver and truck out of service for nineteen motor carrier violations including Indiana Food Law and log book violations.

The truck was impounded and towed to a local garage.