Rollover causes outages

A semi truck hauling materials for infrastructure work near the South Field project rolled off Osbourne Road Monday morning. (Photo by Deanne Johnson)

WELLSVILLE — A semi truck hauling steel electrical poles rolled off of Osbourne Road early Monday.

The driver, Ibragi M. Mirzuyen, 24, Dayton, told Trooper Nate Bowlen he had tried to move over to give another driver going the opposite direction more room. Bowlen said the soft berm on the edge of the roadway, pulled the semi truck further into the ditch, causing it to overturn into a field. Mirzuyen, who was driving for Phoenix Freight Carriers, had been traveling eastbound on the road in Madison Township at about 8 a.m. According to Bowlen, Mirzuyen was hauling steel, electrical tower poles, which weighed about 20,000 pounds each.

The site of the rollover is about a mile from the location of the where the South Field Energy plant is to be constructed. Areas nearby have been cleared for the installation of power lines and gas lines for the 1,150 megawatt plant. Osbourne Road was also improved during the past year for the increase in traffic expected for materials brought in for the plant.

The driver was not injured, but was cited with failure to control. Power outages were reported in the area due to the truck pulling down power lines as it rolled into the field. The poles it was hauling had to be removed first before the semi truck could be pulled back onto the road.