Truck with load of pipe hits the ditch

A semi with a load of pipe went off the road southbound on Highway 2 a few kilometres north of Highway 53.

  • Jun. 23, 2010 4:00 p.m.

Firefighters cut away the steering wheel to allow easier extrication of the driver

RCMP with Ponoka Traffic Services were investigating an incident June 23 in which a flatbed semi with a load of pipe went off the road southbound on Highway 2 a few kilometres north of Highway 53.

The truck appeared to drive straight off the road, into the ditch, through a snow fence and into a field before it flipped onto its side and slid for quite a distance before coming to rest in some trees.

It was not known if the driver fell asleep or had a medical incident.

Firefighters shored up the semi that came to rest on its side in a thicket. The steering wheel was cut away to allow easier extrication of the driver. He was responsive as he was taken away.

The ambulance remained on the side of the road and the emergency crew tended to the driver in the back of the fire department’s emergency pickup.

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