North Adams DPW employee sustains minor injuries after truck rolls over
NORTH ADAMS -- A public works employee suffered only minor injuries after his plow truck slid off a steep road and rolled onto its roof Saturday.
Fire Lt. Joseph Beverly said Monday the truck slid off Rand Street shortly before 2 p.m. The driver was sanding a section of Rand Street, he said, which includes a sharp, uphill S-turn that leads to a dead end.
"It's such a narrow section of street. It's only one car wide and pitches to the downhill side," Beverly said. "They have to back up to sand that section of street because it's so steep."
The truck started sliding toward the downhill side, he said, before it slid off the road and rolled sideways down a steep hill, where the plow caught on a concrete retaining wall. The truck ultimately came to rest upside down in the backyard of 51 Rand St.
The North Adams Police Department, North Adams Fire Department, North Adams Ambulance Service and Department of Public Works employees responded, and the driver was extricated and taken to North Adams Regional Hospital.
The scene wasn't clear until approximately 9 p.m., Beverly said, as emergency personnel worked to remove the truck.
"They had to bring in some special equipment to lift [the truck] and manipulate it," Beverly said. "The city had to come up and clear some trees."
Director of Public Works Timothy Lescarbeau said he assumes the truck, a 2008 Ford F-450, will be a total loss.
"It kind of puts us in a bind, because we're short equipment now," he said.
The driver, Glenn Robert, 63, a city worker, was released from the hospital shortly after the accident, according to Lescarbeau, who said he expected him to return to work.
The accident happened days after a snowstorm dumped close to a foot of snow across Northern Berkshire.
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