The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

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June 29, 2012

Rig wrecks in predawn rain

Cleanup blocks lanes for 5 hours

SUNBURY — A Canadian truck driver blamed a five-hour traffic jam on early morning downpours that caused him to drive off the edge of an off-ramp leading from the Veterans Memorial Bridge early Friday morning.

Harpal Singh Brar, 29, of Ontario, Canada, told state police at Selinsgrove the tractor-trailer he was driving slid off the ramp and down an embankment at about 4:30 a.m., after he failed to negotiate the turn during a quick hitting rain storm. The ramp to Shamokin Dam was closed for more than five hours while tow truck drivers from Sunbury Motors tried to pull the massive vehicle out of the ditch.

The 2006 Kenworth Stoughton truck was slightly damaged and Brar said he was not hurt and was unsure if any of the computers were damaged inside.

“It was pouring,” he said. “I just didn’t realize the turn was right there.”

It took tow truck drivers more than two hours to remove the truck from the ditch and state police have not said if the driver will be charged.

Assisting at the scene were Sunbury Fire Police, Shamokin Dam police and Sunbury Motors.

 

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