ASTORIA, Ore. — A truck driver was hospitalized and a highway bridge was closed after high winds blew a truck and semi-trailer over onto their side.
Oregon State Police said 50-year-old Rodney Woodzell was driving a 2011 Volvo truck pulling an empty 53-foot semi-trailer and was heading southbound on Highway 101 over the Astoria-Megler Bridge when it lost control in high wind conditions. Police said the truck and semi-trailer rolled onto their left side with the trailer coming to rest partially against the guardrail.
Oregon State Police, ODOT crews and local emergency personnel responded to the scene. OSP said Woodzell was transported to Columbia Memorial Hospital with minor injuries. OSP also said that due to high winds and severe weather, the Astoria-Megler Bridge will remain closed until a tow truck can remove both vehicles later by Monday afternoon.