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Spill blocks 50

by Timothy Bowman

A fully loaded lumber truck traveling east on U.S. Highway 50 west of Cave Rock tipped over Monday at about 4:15 p.m.

Though snow showers were falling and the pavement was wet, Nevada Highway Patrol State Trooper Anthony Cozzi said speed was the primary factor in the accident.

“This curve is a lot tighter than people think,” Cozzi said. “It was kind of a slow flop. The truck was headed on 50 East. He came in the westbound lane and the weight kept shifting and he flipped. Just a little too fast for these conditions.”

The driver of the truck, C. Richard Craine, 55, of Ogden, Utah, was shaken but suffered no injuries. While he agreed speed contributed to the accident, he said lumber is difficult to haul.

“The load just leaned over,” Craine said. “Lumber does that a lot. If I’d have been going any faster I’d have ended up down (the embankment.) Lumber is just a son of a (gun) to haul.”

According to the NHP, Craine’s load was 45,000 pounds, which is within the legal weight limit. The overall weight of the Buck Romney Trucking rig from Ogden was 78,000 pounds.

The spill completely blocked the westbound lane, but NHP was on the scene within minutes to direct traffic from both directions around the wreck through the eastbound lane.

Steve Kolesnik was traveling west when the accident occurred.

“He came around too fast and his load started leaning,” Kolesnik said. “He tried to come over to the (westbound) side of the road to recorrect and lost it. Luckily there were no cars coming. He could have dumped the whole load of lumber right on someone.”

The advised speed for the curve is 30 mph, reported trooper Patrick McGill.

“Witnesses said he entered the curve too fast,” McGill said. “He will be cited for driving at a speed too fast for conditions.”

Capital Towing employees and members of the Nevada Department of Transportation worked into the evening loading the lumber onto trucks. McGill estimated both lanes would have been opened by 9 p.m. on Monday.

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