Semi Torn Apart in Crash

by Kelly Mills on October 2, 2009

A semi-truck driver was lucky to escape injury after a crash around 11:15 Thursday night that left his truck in pieces.

According Trooper Brian Neff with the Cambridge Post of the State Highway Patrol, Charles King of Girard was traveling southbound on U.S. 22 near the London Dairy when he failed to negotiate a curve in the road.

The 33-year-old driver went off the road and the semi carrying 40-thousand pounds of grocery style peanut oil struck a utility pole and fence, flipping it onto its top. While upside down the semi then struck another pole, tearing apart the trailer and bringing live power lines down onto the truck.

King exited the vehicle on his own and was uninjured.

Trooper Neff says it was raining and unsafe speed for the road conditions is to blame for the accident.