A Wednesday crash involving a tractor-trailer was initially thought to have caused entrapment, according to Centre County dispatchers, though they later said there was none.
The crash occurred at about 9:45 a.m. at West Lamb Street and North Water Street. The tractor-trailer rolled over on the road and sidewalk, causing part of North Water Street to be closed.
According to Bellefonte Police Chief Shawn Weaver, the tractor-trailer was turning right on North Water Street from Lamb Street when an apparent failure in the rear axle caused a jolt and the tractor-trailer rolled on the driver’s side. Weaver did not identify the driver.
Borough employees outside at the time of the crash witnessed the rollover, Weaver said.
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At about noon, Eagle Towing and Recovery had dismantled the tractor-trailer to reopen the road. Fire police redirected traffic at the intersection.
Injuries were initially reported to authorities, though Weaver said the driver of the tractor-trailer did not want medical attention.
The vehicle was carrying lime, but there was no spill, according to dispatchers.
“We’re very fortunate it did not happen in a more populated area or on an interstate setting or highway,” Weaver said. “This is a highway, though it is not heavily traveled. Obviously if a vehicle had stopped there, it would have been tragic. Or if a pedestrian had been standing there it would have been tragic.”