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Truck spills dozens of fish onto Little Italy street

Posted at 6:11 AM, Feb 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-04 17:40:55-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- Lanes on a Little Italy street were blocked after dozens of frozen fish fell out of a delivery truck early Tuesday morning.

The incident happened shortly before 6 a.m. on Grape Street, just before trolley tracks on California Street, San Diego police said.

10News learned a latch on the delivery truck's door somehow came undone, and as the vehicle went slightly uphill, dozens of large bigeye and yellowfin tuna spilled out and scattered onto the far left lane of Grape Street. The truck was on its way to a processing plant in Mira Mesa when the incident happened.

The truck's driver told 10News he saw that several people stopped at the scene, picked up some fish and drove off. The company said four fish weighing about 70 to 80 pounds in total were taken. Each fish was worth around $100, the company told 10News.

The spill forced police to close at least two lanes for clean up. By 6:20 a.m., the remaining fish were cleared from the roadway.

The company said they would inspect each fish and throw away any that are no longer usable.