Is the smell gone? Potato Sludge Slime Send Truck Off Road


Is the smell finally gone from Highway 395 and Selph Landing? (FCSO)

Is the smell finally gone from Highway 395 and Selph Landing? (FCSO)

The accident happened on July 2, but the smell has finally dissipated?

Potato mud sends semi slippery off-road.

If you were wondering what that wonderful smell was in Franklin County on July 2, it was potato slime. The Franklin County Sheriff’s Department reports that there was (apparently) a truck hauling potato sludge (waste from harvest, production, and low-grade waste) that spilled it on a part of a county road.

Road crews were seen dumping a lot of sand near the intersection of Highway 395 and Selph Landing Road, but not before this semi-truck could be stopped in the mud and jackknifed. The driver was not injured, but in our photos you can see the shiny condition of the road.

Potato Mud Shiny Squishy Road (FCSO)

Potato Mud Shiny Squishy Road (FCSO)

What is Potato Mud?

Often referred to as potato waste, sludge is a smelly mix of processing by-products, along with low-grade potatoes and other by-products we don’t eat. The website has information on how this waste is used for various purposes, including livestock feed.

According to the website:

“Potato peels, pulp, and non-marketable potatoes can be processed and incorporated into animal feed formulations.”

We have never come across potato slime, it is understood that it is not a smell of french fries or burnt cooking, but much worse.

And the Franklin County Sheriff’s Department put it this way in its news release about the incident:

“Although it may be difficult to see, it is unfortunately easy to feel.”

By all accounts, we’ve heard the road should smell a little better now.

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