Truck driver rolls oversized load, blocking road
A Canadian truck driver rolled an oversized truck road on Millican Road, spilling hazardous material and blocking the road Wednesday afternoon.
According to Crook County authorities, the crash was reported shortly after 10 p.m. at milepost 10. Upon the arrival, deputies located a 2010 Kenworth semi and part of a lowboy blocking the southbound lane on a corner at milepost 10. Deputies also located the oversized load and second part of the lowboy off the side of the road.
Deputies learned during a subsequent investigation that 55-year-old Rodney Pryce, of Strathmore, Alberta, Canada was traveling southbound on a trip to Montana. As he entered the corner, he saw his load, which was about a 50-foot section of a windmill tower, shift left then right. When the load shifted to the right, it caused the truck/trailer to roll over.
The section of windmill tower rolled across road signs and through a BLM fence. It came to a final resting position about 60 feet off the road. It is unknown why or how the load had shifted. Based upon dash camera evidence, it does not appear that speed is a contributing factor.
Authorities reported that after the crash, the semi was leaking diesel fuel and had also spilled a significant amount of oil onto the roadway. SMAF Environmental was requested to respond due to the environmental hazard.
No citations were issued, and Pryce refused medical attention. Millican Road was reduced to one lane as the crash site was cleaned and cleared.
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