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MOUNT PLEASANT — Westbound lanes of Highway 20 just west of Highway 31 were closed for a couple of hours as crews worked to upright a semi-trailer that flipped onto its side late Wednesday afternoon.

Mount Pleasant Police Chief Tim Zarzecki said that the truck, carrying several pieces of heavy machinery, was turning west onto Highway 20 (Washington Avenue) from northbound Highway 31 when the mishap occurred just after 3:30 p.m.

Zarzecki said witnesses reported that the truck may have taken the turn a bit too fast and, as the truck was turning, the load in the trailer shifted, pulling the rig over onto its side.

Mount Pleasant resident Patrick Decker was with his wife, Betty, in a nearby parking lot when they heard the truck tip over.

“It was like a bomb going off,” Decker said. “It could have been a lot worse ... you hear something like that and you don’t know what to make of it.”

The driver of the rig, a 59-year-old Brooklyn, N.Y., man, suffered minor injuries and no other vehicles were involved, police said. The chief also said it appeared there was no damage to infrastructure at the intersection, such as traffic signals or pavement. South Shore Fire Department personnel did work to contain fluids that leaked from the truck.

Mount Pleasant-based Floyd’s Towing brought a heavy wrecker to the scene to uplift the truck. Zarzecki said that before that operation could take place, the equipment had to be removed from the trailer. The State Patrol also assisted at the scene.

Zarzecki said the driver was cited for an equipment violation for not securing the trailer’s load.

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Pete Wicklund is the local editor for The Journal Times.

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