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An 18-wheeler lays on its side on the southbound shoulder of Hwy. 12 just north of I-94 on Monday afternoon, Sept. 16. The semi-truck tipped as it was turning south onto the highway from Brakke Drive. The Wisconsin State Patrol says 10 pallets of stainless steel containers inside the trailer shifted, causing the trailer to overturn and bringing the tractor with it. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Randy Hanson)

Tractor-trailer overturns when load shifts rounding corner

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Tractor-trailer overturns when load shifts rounding corner
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An unsecured load is the reason a semi tractor-trailer ended up on its side after rounding a corner from Brakke Drive onto southbound Hwy. 12 in the town of Hudson, according to the Wisconsin State Patrol.


The accident happened shortly after 2 p.m. Monday.

The Celadon trucking company trailer had 10 pallets of stainless steel containers inside that shifted as rig made the turn, State Patrol Lt. Jeff Lorentz reported. The moving pallets caused the trailer to tip, bringing the tractor with it.

The driver of the rig, David E. Settles, 57, of Florida, was ticketed for failing to secure a load.

“That’s kind of Trucking 101,” Lorentz remarked.

The windshield of the tractor was smashed when it overturned, but Settles appeared to be unharmed. He was walking around the accident scene, talking to authorities, after the crash.

At least four units of Jerry’s Towing at Roberts, including two heavy duty wreckers, were called to get the tractor-trailer back on its wheels.

The St. Croix Sheriff’s Department and Hudson Fire Department also responded to the accident.

It is believed that Settles had visited the TravelCenters of America truck stop and was headed back onto I-94 when the accident happened.

Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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