Highway 17 truck Hangs Off Bridge

This flatbed truck hung precariously by a steel tool box on its undercarriage for about 15 minutes Thursday afternoon following a crash. (CBC)
This flatbed truck hung precariously by a steel tool box on its undercarriage for about 15 minutes Thursday afternoon following a crash. (CBC)

On Thursday afternoon a  flatbed truck smashed through a concrete barrier along Highway 17.

The truck was teetering over the side, the cab hovering meters off the ground below. Crews had to help the driver after he was stuck in the cab of the truck.

According to CBC, there was minimal damage but the collision sent the truck careening headfirst through a steel railing separating the highway from railroad tracks below, pushing aside a concrete barrier.

“I’ve got one of my drivers down there and he’s reporting to me that [truck] went through the barrier wall. It’s teetering on the verge of going over and the driver is actually trapped in the cab,” a witness told News 1130.

Delta Fire Chief Kelly McLenaghen says although his crews had to use the Jaws of Life to extricate the male driver, a tool box installed underneath the flatbed truck saved his life.

“Luckily for the tool box — that saved his life,” the fire chief said, describing a steel box in the undercarriage which measured one meter by one meter.

“He was hanging by a thread there until we secured him.”

According to police the driver only had minor injuries. Investigators will be speaking with the driver and witnesses to the crash, and will be looking at whether speed or mechanical issues were factors.

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