BY MELANIE BUCK –
Emergency personnel were dispatched on Monday around 1:30 p.m. after an 18-wheeler hit the bridge in Potter that stretches across Highway 71. The semi was traveling northbound when his front passenger tire hit the guardrail, sending pieces of debris flying. The driver of the truck was miraculously able to maintain enough control of the truck to miss the concrete part of the bridge structure and pull the tractor/trailer safely to the shoulder of the road.
The accident caused a puncture in the fuel tank but only around 3 gallons was lost before emergency crews quickly plugged the tank to stop the flow of fuel.
No word on what caused him to veer into the guardrail. The driver was checked out by EMS but refused medical treatment. Traffic was slowed down for a while as the highway was shut down to just one lane while officers worked the accident.