A tractor-trailer driver and residents of rural Turkey Run Road, just north of Ravenswood, got an unwelcome surprise Sunday evening
A tractor-trailer driver and residents of rural Turkey Run Road, just north of Ravenswood, got an unwelcome surprise Sunday evening, when the driver’s GPS mistakenly routed his rig carrying 42,000 pounds of plastic pellets onto the one-lane road where it overturned.
Raul Iglesias of Miami, FL, was the driver of the Freightliner which was headed east on Turkey Run Road at 6:25 p.m. following bogus GPS directions, when the box trailer’s wheels dropped off the roadway in a right hand turn, causing the trailer to slide off the road and roll onto its side. The tractor, owned by Bernard D. Potts of Jacksonville, FL, did not flip over. The trailer, which sustained severe damage in the crash, was owned by D.M. Bowman, Inc., of Augusta, ME, and contained 42,000 pounds of plastic pellets bound for SDR Plastics. Inc. in Ravenswood.
Turkey Run Road was still blocked to traffic Monday and wasn’t cleared for a return to normal traffic flow until Tuesday afternoon.
Deputy Camron Saltgaver and Sgt. T.T. Roberts of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department investigated.