Claws for alarm: Truck with 30,000 pounds of lobster crashes in Maine

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Posted: Mar 18, 2015 12:15 PM

PORTLAND, Maine (Reuters) - A truck carrying 30,000 pounds of live lobsters slid off a highway in central Maine on Wednesday, leaving the fate of its crustacean cargo in jeopardy, state police said.

The truck, fully loaded with lobsters and seawater from Nova Scotia, slid into the median and landed on its side after swerving to miss a vehicle that had spun out on a stretch of Interstate 95 north of Augusta, Maine's capital, according to police reports.

State police said a crane would be necessary to turn the truck upright, after which police would work to ensure the well-being of its cargo.

"It is not clear the fate of the lobsters," said state police spokesman Steve McCausland.

The driver was not hurt, police said.

(Reporting by Dave Sherwood; Editing by Scott Malone and Susan Heavey)