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Brian C. Rittmeyer

A truck driver from Florida was not hurt after rolling over his flatbed tractor-trailer on Route 28 in Harrison early Thursday afternoon.

The crash was reported shortly after 12:30 p.m. It happened on the southbound side of the highway just past the curved bridge over Saxonburg Road past Exit 16 and just over a mile before Exit 15.

State police said James R. Hess, 38, of Macclenny, Fla. was charged with speeding.

State police said Hess lost control of his tractor-trailer on the curve and went off the side of the road where it overturned, spilling its load, a steel coil.

The cab came to rest just before a large sign promoting food options at Exit 15.

No other vehicles were involved.

State police said Hess had been wearing a seat belt. Despite the truck’s cab appearing to have been crushed, he was not hurt and did not need to be taken to a hospital, according to police.

It was the second truck to lose control on Route 28 Thursday. Shortly after 11 a.m., a truck carrying scrap metal flipped onto its side on the northbound Exit 14 ramp to Tarentum. Crews still were cleaning up that wreck when the second crash happened.


Brian Rittmeyer is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Brian at 724-226-4701, brittmeyer@tribweb.com or via Twitter @BCRittmeyer.


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