All lanes on a portion of Hwy. 141 in unincorporated Fenton had to be closed, some of them for more than two hours, on Dec. 26, after a dump truck turned over and scattered dirt across the road. The accident happened about 7:45 a.m., the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office reported.
A northbound 2019 Volvo dump truck hit a 2019 Jeep Grand Cherokee from behind, and then the truck traveled into the center median before tipping over onto its right side and spilling dirt onto the highway’s northbound lanes. The northbound and southbound lanes were closed, with the southbound lanes opening at various times, until about 10 a.m., the report said.
A 75-year-old man was driving the Cherokee in an outside lane on Hwy. 141 when he slowed down because of debris in the roadway. The driver of the dump truck was unable to stop in time and clipped the back of the Jeep before going across the inside lane and into the median, according to the report.
The dump truck driver had to be extracted from his vehicle, and he was transported to an area hospital because of neck and shoulder pain. The driver of the Jeep also was taken to a hospital because of minor injuries, the report said.
The Jeep was extensively damaged, and the dump truck was moderately damaged. Both vehicles had to be towed, according to the report.