Route 487 open after produce truck rolls over in Columbia County

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ORANGEVILLE, COLUMBIA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) – Tragedy avoided but the early morning commute massively affected part of Columbia County.

“I look out the window and I see a bunch of squashes rolling around on the street so I gotta calm down sir to see what’s going on.”

Remarkably, there were no injuries when Darrel McKee looked out his window and saw a tractor-trailer overturned along Main Street.

The truck was hauling produce when its brakes apparently failed and it rolled over at a busy intersection before the morning commute. Mild damage was caused to a nearby porch.

“If it weren’t for these Jersey barriers who knows how many times trucks hit the front of my house but down narrow the farther it goes, I do what I do kind of like my house I don’t wanna go anywhere,” McKee said.

The truck driver said he lost his brakes coming down the hill that is Route 93 before turning over onto route 487, shuttering the road for most of the morning.

Assistant Chief Brandon John with the Orangeville Fire Company noted that those who rushed to the scene were hard at work the entire time.

“Everybody’s doing phenomenal we’re all working together, try to get it cleaned up, get the road back open. So that’s all we can do really.”

The produce was cleared around 9 a.m., the trailer and cab flipped and towed soon after.
It’s a miracle this situation wasn’t worse.

“God must be watching over something because there’s been a lot of bad stuff going on so for a change, there’s not, you know, breaking news, bad stuff on the headline so that’s nice,” McKlee said.

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