NEWTON–A dramatic semi-truck rollover on U.S. Highway 50 resulted in two being transported to the hospital Wednesday afternoon.
The sheriff’s office reports that around 2:30 p.m., a semi-truck went off the raised section of U.S. Highway 50 near the Anderson Street exit.
“The semi lost control and went over the barrier wall,” a release from the sheriff’s office stated. “Only the semi was involved in the accident.”
Two were injured in the wreck. One was originally triaged code yellow, meaning injured but in stable condition. Another received minor injuries. Both were transferred to the hospital for treatment.
The semi-truck was carrying plastic materials.
This reporter had driven that stretch of U.S. Highway 50 a half hour prior and had already observed slick spots on the road due to freezing mist that was falling at the time. A winter storm is expected to hit the area late evening, bringing a few inches of snow along with windchills of -20 to -30 in the next few days. The national weather service expects a windchill between -26 and -30 for Newton Thursday morning, and similar if not colder conditions Friday.
The sheriff’s office reported it was working several injuries in the afternoon due to the weather conditions.
“If you do not have to travel, please don’t, but if you do, please drive with caution,” the office stated.
Law enforcement had seen more than a dozen wrecks by Wednesday afternoon.