MCKENZIE BRIDGE, Oregon (STPNS) -- MCKENZIE BRIDGE: A commercial truck driver received minor injuries Monday afternoon when he lost control and traveled off Highway 126 about five miles east of Belknap Hot Springs. The truck collided with a tree and the semi-trailer overturned blocking the highway for several hours.
According to Oregon State Police Senior Trooper Jamin Van Meter, the accident happened on October 28th, at approximately 5:33 p.m. It involved a 2013 Freightliner truck pulling a box semi-trailer driven by Ricky J. Morin, 63, from Albany. The rig was eastbound near milepost 13 of the Clear Lake Cutoff when it went off the shoulder for over 500 feet before crossing over the highway and striking a tree head-on. The semi-trailer, loaded with 20,000 pounds of dry goods, rolled onto its side and came to rest blocking the roadway.
Morin was transported by ambulance to Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend for treatment of minor injuries. He was cited by OSP for Failure to Drive Within a Lane.
OSP was assisted at the scene by the Upper McKenzie Rural Fire Protection District and ODOT.
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