Power out after trucker allegedly texted, then wrecked
SALINE CO.—A semi truck loaded with coal overturned on Raleigh Road about a mile from Eldorado early this morning, and the reason, according to the Saline County sheriff’s department, was one of those that the rest of us fear.
Alan Fleming, 32, of Zeigler, was eastbound on Raleigh Road when his semi, hauling a load of coal, ran off the roadway on the right side, rolled, and in rolling, crashed into two power poles. The entire load of coal was spilled; the truck landed on the driver’s side, all of this just before 1:30 a.m. this morning, 07.20.12.
The power was out in the Eldorado and Raleigh areas, according to our readers, for several hours on and off, finally being restored completely this morning but only after sunup (about 7 a.m.)
MedForce Ambulance transported Fleming to Ferrell Hospital in Eldorado, but his injuries were serious enough to warrant transport to Deaconess in Evansville.
This, however, did not preclude Fleming from being cited for Texting While Driving, as well as Improper Lane Usage.
The highway was shut down to traffic, including all coal hauling from American Coal, until everything could be cleaned up. ISP District 19 was at the scene, and was assisted at by the Saline County Sheriff’s Department, Eldorado Police and Fire Departments, and Ameren.
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