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Tractor-trailer rolls over on Lowell Mountain  

Credit:  By LAURA CARPENTER, Newport Daily Express ~~

A flatbed tractor-trailer was descending Lowell Mountain Monday when the driver lost control after rounding a corner, causing the truck to crash and roll down the embankment.

In an interview Monday afternoon Lowell Fire Chief Alden Warner said the road was not slippery at the time of the accident. Warner said that after the corner, what looked like the road at the edge was not, it was a soft shoulder. The truck was heading down the mountain carrying crane parts that were used to fix a wind turbine blade. The truck was following a large bulldozer, which was there to help hold the truck back on the steep decline.

Warner and the Lowell Fire Dcport1uent were the first on the scene, even though they did not receive an alert about the accident. Warner happened to hear about the accident over his scanner. The Lowell Fire Department found the truck driver and used their backboard to provide rescue. Other emergency rescuers responded soon after.

The victim was taken to North Country Hospital for his injuries. Dotty Schnure with Green Mountain Power said that the driver was able to speak and move around, but she was unaware of the full extent of his injures.

A Lowell resident called the Express around1:30 Monday afternoon saying that he heard loud metal smashing sounds coming fromn the mountain where Green Mountain Power’s wind turbine facility is located.

Work was taking place on a turbine blade that had been struck by lightening a while back. The work was done with construction equipment including a crane. Monday the crane was being taken down the mountain, Schnure explained.

[By courtesy of Mountain Talk]
The victim’s name had not been released by press time.

Source:  By LAURA CARPENTER, Newport Daily Express

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