Posted: Mar 13, 2014 10:56 AM by Hunter Robinson
An 18-wheeler avoided crashing into traffic Wednesday night on I-12 in Walker, but the interstate had to be shut down hours later because of a mishap when a wrecker tried to remove the truck.
The driver was headed east about 9 p.m. when he failed to notice traffic slowing down for interstate construction. He managed to maneuver the truck, which was loaded with 40,000 pounds of steel, onto the shoulder but ran into the mushy median at a spot where the shoulder abruptly ends. The truck became stuck in the soggy ground, Walker Police Capt. John Sharp said.
Around midnight, a wrecker arrived to try to pull the truck out of the muck. Its load had shifted slightly when the driver ran into the median and the yank of the wrecker caused the load to shift more, twisting the truck. Responders determined the truck would have to be offloaded before it could be moved, Sharp said.
Around 2 am, the replacement truck arrived and the interstate had to be shut down during the offloading process. Police were able to route traffic off the interstate at the Walker exit and right back on on the Walker entrance ramp, because the blockage was between the two.
By 6:15 am, trucks were cleared and the road was fully opened, Sharp said.
The driver was not ticketed, he said.