“I was traveling north on Alabama 77 when the car in front of me turned on its blinker at the last minute to turn onto Patton Chapel Road,” said Randy Barksdale, owner of RM Barksdale Trucking, who was driving an 18-wheeler with a full load of logs.
Barksdale said since the vehicle did not turn on its blinker or slow down until the last minute, he didn’t have enough time to stop.
“I couldn’t stop, and I wasn’t going to hit them so I went onto the shoulder to go around them,” he said. “I tried to keep the truck up, but the shoulder was too sloped and the truck had a full load of logs. If the shoulder had been flat or if I’d been empty, I wouldn’t have turned over.”
Barksdale said he was wearing his seatbelt and was uninjured. The 18-wheeler partially blocked the roadway.
“That car saw me overturn and just kept going,” he said.
Barksdale said he has been driving 18-wheelers since 1983, and this is the first truck he has ever turned over.
“There was a small fire in the engine compartment, but the Lincoln Fire Department put it out with no problems with a fire extinguisher,” he said.
Barksdale said he is thankful no one was hurt.
“I’d rather turn over than hit and hurt someone,” he said.
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