Truck loses load on Gold Street

Timbers bound for the Basin Rd. Bridge reconstruction project broke loose from a truck this morning, blocking Gold St. for a couple hours. Click to enlarge image. (Photo by Matt Miller/KTOO)

Gold Street was closed this morning between 5th and 7th streets after a tractor-trailer lost part of its load of lumber bound for the Basin Road trestle reconstruction project. No one was injured.

The truck was heading up Gold Street about 11 a.m. when two of the straps securing the load apparently broke. A stack of 8-inch by 14-inch timbers, each about 20-feet long, came off the trailer at 6th and Gold and slid down the hill. The load appeared to sideswipe a sedan and knock a mid-size pick-up truck onto the sidewalk. A bundled load of 2-inch by 4-inch lumber also slid into the truck. Before the driver was able to stop, other large timbers partially came off the trailer.

An unnamed Alaska Marine Trucking supervisor said only the driver’s pride was hurt and he was shaken up. The supervisor attributed the lost load to the broken straps and the creosote-treated lumber getting wet.

Hours after the load came off the trailer, Alaska Marine Trucking workers were still reloading the lumber and clearing the streets.

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