A semi truck hauling aluminum cans traveling to Logan Aluminum on Hwy. 431 north (Lewisburg Road) turned over after the driver lost control around a snow covered curve Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. The driver, Mario Ivan Rodriguezbaena of Huntington Park, Calif., was not injured in the crash.
According to the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, Rodriguezbaena told deputy Billy Poole his GPS devise instructed him to take 431 north instead of Terry Wilcutt Hwy.
After the truck and trailer turned over, Rodriguezbaena was able to climb out before responders arrived.
Hwy. 431 was closed from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. while workers cleared the wreck. Basham Wrecker Service worked to remove 44 bales of crushed aluminum cans from the truck so it could be turned upright. A truck and trailer had to be brought in so that the bales of aluminum cans could be reloaded.
At the scene, deputy Poole was assisted by Sheriff Wallace Whittaker and deputy Jim Ray. The Russellville Rural Fire Department also responded, along with Logan County EMS for safety concerns.
Also on Monday, Jan. 25th, the Auburn Police Department responded to a two vehicle collision at the intersection of 68-80 and West Main Street.
According to Auburn Police Chief Larry Jones, a 2010 Subaru Outback operated by Joe E. Coleman, 71, of Franklin and a 2004 Pontiac Grand Prix operated by Allsa B. Latham, 24, of Lewisburg were involved in the accident.
Latham and her passenger Ruben H. Hines, 23, of Russellville, were traveling east bound towards Bowling Green in the left hand lane when the vehicle was struck in the passenger side by Coleman, who was traveling north bound attempting to cross into the west bound lane.
Both Latham and Hines were transported to Logan Memorial Hospital by the Logan County EMS where they were treated and released for their injuries. All parties reported they were wearing their seatbelts. Both vehicles were damaged to the extend of having to be towed from the scene.
The east bound lanes were shut down during the investigation and traffic was diverted onto the 68-80 business route through the City of Auburn.
At the scene, chief Jones was assisted by the Logan County Sheriff’s Department, the Auburn Fire Department and Logan County EMS.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.