Driver Not Badly Hurt in Route 125 Rollover in Lee
Lee, NH - August 31, 2007 - Original story by Thomas R. Kressler in Foster's Daily Democrat.
A 28-year-old man escaped serious injury when his pickup truck rolled over on Route 125 just in front of the Lee USA Speedway early this morning.
Police say the driver, whose name has not been released, was traveling south on Route 125 when he lost control of the vehicle and skidded into the opposite lane of traffic. The vehicle, a commercial truck with Massachusetts plates, rolled over when it went off the road again on the northbound side and crashed into several trees before coming to a rest on its side.
It is unclear what caused the crash, which occurred at around 5:30 a.m., but police say the driver may have fallen asleep at the wheel.
"He said the last thing he saw was a reflector on the side of the road," said Police Officer Annie Cole. He could not remember what happened before the crash, she said.
The driver, who told police he was on his way to work, was conscious and alert when rescuers arrived on the scene. Firefighters used extrication tools to cut away the truck's roof and safely remove him from the vehicle.
McGregor Memorial EMS transported the man to Portsmouth Regional Hospital. His injuries were considered minor.
Traffic in the area was reduced to one lane causing delays on the northbound side for about an hour while crews worked at the scene. Emergency vehicles cleared the area shortly before 7 a.m. and traffic flow returned to normal.
No other vehicles were involved in the crash. A decal on the truck indicated it was a vehicle from Frank's Heating Service, a business based out of Tewksbury, Mass. It was towed from the scene by John's Auto Repair.