Texas Truck Driver Dumps His Load of Toilet Paper Into River

Think toilet paper really isn't all that absorbent? Think again.

A five-mile stretch of the Lochsa River in Idaho is awash with the stuff after a Texas truck driver wiped out while navigating a tight turn and dumped mega rolls of unprocessed toilet paper into the water, the Missoulian newspaper in neighboring Montana reported.

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The rolls normally weigh about 8,000 pounds each, but it's "estimated that once these rolls are waterlogged they weigh about 30,000 pounds apiece," Don Whitney, a state fisheries biologist, told the newspaper.

In total, 24-year-old driver Mahmoud Salameh of Fort Worth dumped eight giant rolls into the river, according to the newspaper.

Salameh was taken to a local hospital and later released. He was ticketed for inattentive driving and failing to purchase a permit to haul the 53-foot trailer that he was towing, The Associated Press reported.

At last report, three rolls remained in the river and state officials were having a difficult time trying to remove them.

"If you can imagine, you take a saturated piece of toilet paper and swash it around in water," Whitney told the Missoulian. "All you have is this big cloud with now hundreds and hundreds of pieces of paper."

Mr. Whipple would not be pleased.

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Toilet paper is suppose to break down in water.... otherwise, it will stop up sewer lines. Why not just let nature take its course and let this big roll go to the same place all other toilet paper goes or has it soaked up the water in the river?

August 07 2011 at 10:41 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I remember reading that one of the ways al Qaeda would get operatives inside critical industries was with truck drivers. Does this driver's name raise a red flag? I think it should. First of all, look at his lack of driving skills.

August 02 2011 at 9:47 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Thelma Jones

My thoughts exactly!

August 09 2011 at 10:02 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
The Beltrans

Looks like Machmood should have kept driving camels!

July 31 2011 at 4:35 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Angel Lee,
Ports of Entry are between countries not between states. There are no different countries between Texas and Idaho that I know of so therefore I don't think there are any ports of entry he would be driving threw. Only ones might be at an International airport along that route but they don't have anything to do with trucks.

July 25 2011 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to abdicker's comment

Are you a trucker? The obvious answer to that to us truckers is no.. There are port of entries in many states where drivers have to stop and go in with their papers.

July 31 2011 at 6:46 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

abdicker: There are ports of entry in nearly all American states. Most truckers are required to stop and weigh in and or present their paperwork. If you know nothing about a subject, don't comment.

August 07 2011 at 12:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Texas wiped out! Turns out Texas fish don’t wipe! Eww! Texas creek bottom needs massive wipe. Levee bum runs for his life. Attempt to suck river bottom dry dissolves. Tractor dumps a load but runs out of TP.

July 21 2011 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Unless he was self employed,looks to me like the company he was driving for should be responsible for permits and such.

July 21 2011 at 7:30 PM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply

They mislead with the headings. Made it sound like he did it on purpose.

July 21 2011 at 6:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tricilla's comment

Maybe he DID!?

August 09 2011 at 9:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

This fish will have a life time supply of toilet paper

July 21 2011 at 6:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

dumb jew truck driver.

July 21 2011 at 6:45 PM Report abuse -6 rate up rate down Reply
2 replies to bulldotz's comment

Just for your information that is not a Jewish name - First name could be Arabic or Farsi, the second it an Arab name. Just to give you an idea of how uninformed you seem to be.

July 21 2011 at 7:21 PM Report abuse +4 rate up rate down Reply

Did your mother give birth to any spawn who lived? To maturity, I mean.

August 09 2011 at 9:14 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Wouldn't touch all the **** they dish out in Washingtion!

July 21 2011 at 6:42 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

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