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11/12/2012 4:35:00 PM
Wind a factor in truck accident south of Oglesby


Oglesby fire chief Ron Popurella (right) talks with a state trooper as firefighters check for leaks and debris from a tractor-trailer rig that overturned high atop the Route 71 overpass over Interstate 39 Monday afternoon. NewsTribune photo/Craig Sterrett
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Oglesby fire chief Ron Popurella (right) talks with a state trooper as firefighters check for leaks and debris from a tractor-trailer rig that overturned high atop the Route 71 overpass over Interstate 39 Monday afternoon.
NewsTribune photo/Craig Sterrett
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No injuries were reported, and wind, not speed, was blamed for the overturning of a semi Monday afternoon atop the Route 71 overpass over Interstate 39.

State trooper Brian Lewis said a witness indicated the semi was not going very fast as it was being turned from eastbound 71 to the ramp for northbound Interstate 39. He said apparently a gust of wind pushed the trailer over.

The driver, Tom Libby of Granville, refused treatment. Popurella said firefighters broke the windshield to let him out.

Senica’s Interstate Towing righted the semi, which was carrying 42,000 pounds of nuts and bolts, Popurella said.












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