STAFF PHOTOS BY MADELINE REIDA
A bottom-hopper semi-trailer fell on its side and slipped halfway off K-15 at 4:40 p.m. Thursday near Alexanderwohl Mennonite Church on the outskirts of Goessel.
Goessel firefighters, Hillsboro rescue squad, and sheriff’s deputies redirected traffic around a blocked lane while freeing the driver, cleaning up spilled fuel, and maneuvering the semi off the road and into a ditch for removal later.
Cars coming home at 5 p.m. traveled down country roads in worse conditions than K-15 for miles to avoid the semi.
The truck, carrying feed pellets for livestock, was owned by a sister company of Auto House, who towed it Friday morning. The trapped driver was one of their own.