Willits man injured after truck carrying lumber rolls down mountainside


LEGGETT, Calif. - A truck driver sustained major injuries while driving a tractor trailer full of lumber that careened down a dirt embankment and flipped over Tuesday, according to officers.

California Highway Patrol said that at around 2:50 p.m. on Nov. 14 a 2017 Peterbilt tractor trailer carrying lumber was being driven by 48-year-old John M. Turner of Willits southbound on Highway 101 near Leggett. Officers said Turner's vehicles drifted off the west road edge down a dirt embankment causing the tractor trailer combination to overturn and the lumber to spill into the embankment.

One lane of Highway 101 southbound was closed, and Turner sustained major injuries. He was transported to Enloe Medical Center by Reach Air Ambulance, according to the CHP.

Cal Fire, Leggett Volunteer Fire Department, City Ambulance and Reach Air assisted with medical aid in this case, and Caltrans assisted with traffic control.

This incident remains under investigation by the Garberville CHP office. DUI does not appear to be a factor, according to CHP.

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