Highway 140W twelve miles west of Klamath Falls was closed Thursday morning, Apr. 8 for about 90 minutes after a commercial truck driver lost control resulting in a flatbed semi-trailer coming to a stop partially in Klamath Lake.
At approximately 8:25 a.m. Glen Allen Burnett, age 53, from Aumsville, Oregon was driving a commercial truck pulling a partially loaded flatbed semi-trailer eastbound on Highway 140W near milepost 58. The truck and trailer traveled off the pavement onto the soft shoulder. According to Oregon State Police, Burnett overcorrected and lost control. He was not injured.
The trailer slid off the north shoulder and the rear part of the trailer came to rest in two feet of water. The trailer cargo stayed on the flatbed trailer and there was no spillage into the lake. The truck and part of the trailer came to a stop blocking the highway.
All lanes were closed about 90 minutes before one lane was opened for traffic. All lanes were opened about 10:45 a.m.
Oregon State Police was assisted at the scene by ODOT and local emergency responders. Photo courtesy of OSP.