Rollover crash closes Bellefonte road
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.
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.”