Officials: Log truck rolls over in Whitehall, traffic problems begin on Route 4

WHITEHALL, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A miles long stretch of road in Washington County is shut down this noon after a crash.

Both State Police and firefighters in Whitehall tell NEWS10ABC they find themselves responding to this area for crashes too often. Most of the time it’s because of inclement weather, but on Thursday they say tickets will likely be issued because the fact that that truck lost control and skidded on its side, indicates speed was likely a factor.

“Probably about 50 foot of skid marks after he took out the telephone pole and the wires behind us,” said Darrell Lachapelle, First Asstant Chief, Whitehall Fire.

Just before 8 a.m. Thursday morning, State Police say a truck hauling logs from Pennsylvania overturned on Route 4 in Whitehall.

Troopers say 61-year-old Dayton W. Strauser, of Lebanon, was traveling northbound headed to Commonwealth Plywood when he lost control. The truck flipped on its side – blocking both the north and southbound lanes.

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“Probably about 3 miles to the north of us and 3 miles to the south of us being backed up,” crews explained.

While passenger cars could turn around, tractor trailers were stranded for hours. The only vehicles allowed in were those who were there to help clean up, like Verizon who came to lift the wires while a log truck came in from Granville with the proper equipment to pick up the logs.

“Logs did fall from bunk as the truck rolled over,” the Chief said.

The driver was taken to Rutland Hospital. He has no recollection of what happened, but police say through their investigation and witness accounts; he will likely be ticketed for speed and failure to keep right. Fortunately though they say he was wearing a seatbelt.

“The driver was tangled underneath the steering wheel with the floor boards pushed up took us about 25 minutes to extricate him,” the Fire Chief explained.

Miraculously the driver walked away with only minor injuries, but he left behind quite a mess.

No tickets have been given at this time and the crash remains under investigation.

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