Wayward truck among the trees

MOUNTAIN – The crash scene looked more like the set of an upcoming Hollywood offering, as a cameraman worked the forested area along County Road 43 Tues., Jan. 1.

In reality, crews were among the wreckage to determine the best course of action needed to pull an 18-wheeler from its final resting place.

By this point it was mid-afternoon on News Year’s Day. Hours earlier, the truck, marked with the Thurler Milk Inc. emblem, was felled by the wintery weather that arrived as 2018 gave way to 2019.

Gerald Loughlin (left) was one of several crew members on scene Tues., Jan. 1 working to remove a Thurler Milk Inc. truck from a forested area along County Road 43. Hours earlier the truck was felled by freezing rain in the region. Uhrig Photo

Though Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry OPP officers kept watch of the scene during the recovery mission, the local law enforcement has yet to provide its findings from the crash.

Hillary Murdock, whose grandfather, Lorne, was behind the wheel of the transport indicated that black ice was believed to be a factor. Ice rain had come down throughout the night, leaving the region tundra-like the next day.

With more than 30 years under his belt, the experienced hauler gave in to the weather and steered the wheel in an effort to keep the truck, with a tank full of milk, from rolling.

“He’s pretty sore, but he’s doing alright considering,” Murdock said afterward. “Someone was looking out for him that’s for sure.”

Crews from Cornwall-based Herb’s Towing, known for starring in the TV series Heavy Rescue: 401, and Loughlin’s Motors were on the scene to remove the transport from the ditch.

A stretch of County Road 43 was eventually closed for several hours as the truck was pulled from the forest.