Quick-thinking driver steers truck to avoid collision

Updated May 11, 2019

An Upstate New York truck driver is being praised for his quick thinking Thursday, May 9, to avoid what could have been a serious crash.

The unidentified driver steered his out-of-control tractor-trailer loaded with gravel off a residential street and into a wooded backyard to avoid hitting other vehicles, nearby homes, and even a utility pole. In addition, he managed to leap free of the truck to safety after steering it off the downhill street in Frankfort, a village in the Mohawk Valley near the New York State Thruway.

John Weir, a Frankfort Highway Department worker witnessed the crash that occurred at about 11:30 a.m. and said the truck’s brakes were smoking as it came down the hill. He praised the driver as a hero and said he was on his feet and walking shortly after the truck rolled over and came to rest harmlessly in the wooded backyard of a nearby home.

The trucker was taken to a hospital, but local police said he was not injured seriously.