A trucker from Grants Pass, Oregon, collided with a collapsed fir tree just past midnight this morning. The 44-year-old man became trapped inside the cab, reported the California Highway Patrol, seven miles south of Gasquet, California. The fir was around 3 feet in diameter and covered the entire road. The trucker didn’t see the tree because it was still dark outside. Emergency crews responded to the crash and removed him from the crushed cab of the tractor-trailer. He was brought to Sutter Coast Hospital in Crescent City and treated for possible internal injuries.
According to news reports, both highway lanes were closed to remove the fallen tree and repair a 4-foot divot in the road. At 2:30am one lane of the highway was re-opened and by 11am both lanes were opened after the tree was removed from the roadway. “Our maintenance crews do a great job cleaning up and getting the roads opened up for drivers,” said a Caltrans representative. As a San Bernardino personal injury lawyer, I’m glad no one was hurt more seriously when the truck collided with the tree. Authorities are unsure where the tree originated. If you or a loved one are harmed in an auto accident caused by negligence, discuss your case with a car accident attorney.