Emergency responders work to free a Sparks, Nev., man from the cab of his Peterbuilt chip truck after it went over the embankment on Highway 70 just west of Keddie on Monday afternoon.Arthur Shimp, 68, was extracted after about an hour before being airlifted to Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno with minor injuries.
According the California Highway Patrol, Shimp was traveling about 35-40 miles per hour when the truck drifted onto the south shoulder. Shimp reportedly over-corrected, sending the truck through the guardrail and over the embankment toward Spanish Creek about 2:15 p.m.
Highway 70 was closed in both directions late Monday afternoon in order to retrieve the truck.
Highway 70 is currently open to traffic but is scheduled to close again when another tow truck arrives to assist in removal of the chip truck. Motorists are advised to call 1-800-427-ROAD or go to http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/roadinfo/display.php?page=sr70 before traveling through this area.
Original story: Highway 70 near Keddie is currently closed in both directions because of a semi truck over the edge of the road seven miles north of Quincy. Emergency personell were attempting to extricate the driver from the truck.
A resident of Keddie informed Feather Publishing the semi truck accident is above one of the Keddie swimming holes.
Check this week's newspaper for further details.