SOLON — A tractor-trailer truck carrying construction lumber flipped over on U.S. Route 201 Monday after its wheels hit soft mud along the side of the road, police said.
The truck, owned by Transport Raymond Tardif, a Canadian company, was heading south about 5 a.m. Monday when the back wheels of the trailer became stuck in mud on the shoulder of the road, according to Chief Deputy Dale Lancaster of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department.
The accident took place on Robbins Hill, near the start of the Old Canada Road Scenic Byway, which stretches 78 miles from Solon to the Canadian border. The accident site is one of the few places along the road where there are three lanes of traffic.
“The driver had moved over to the far right lane, the slower lane, but he was too far to the right,” Lancaster said. “The wheels of the trailer became caught in the soft dirt and he was unable to correct it.”
The trailer tipped over first, spilling lumber planks, followed by the cab of the truck, he said. The driver, Martial Lachance, 38,of St. Aurele, Quebec, was not injured.
The truck, a 2012 blue Kenworth with a flatbed trailer, was destroyed in the accident, Lancaster said.
The Solon Fire Department helped at the the scene.
Rachel Ohm — 612-2368[email protected]