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Semi-truck rollover on 1A Highway near Morley

"We'll try to have it out by the afternoon school bus run ... we'll move the load out and then we'll upright the truck and trailer."

Morley – Road crews are cleaning up after a semi-truck tipped over on the 1A Highway near Morley early Monday morning (Jan. 27).

RCMP said a call was received around 1:20 a.m. with reports a semi-truck was on its side in a ditch west of Morley on the two-lane highway.

According to a representative from Big Hill Towing based out of Cochrane, which was responsible for clearing the scene, the sole driver of the vehicle was uninjured.

"A transport truck caught the side of the road and went into the ditch west of Morley. I just spoke with [the driver] a few minutes ago, he's going to have some things checked out, but he was able to make a full report to RCMP and is walking and talking," said Jackie Richards. 

Richards said the crews will work to remove the semi-truck from the ditch and roadway by 3 p.m. so school buses are able to do normal drop-off routes. 

"We'll try to have it out by the afternoon school bus run ... we'll move the load out and then we'll upright the truck and trailer," explained Richards. 

"Our tow trucks will set their rigging up to pull it over and then pull it out of the ditch. They'll only take up one lane ... they'll strap it so that it can be pulled right over, like righting a big elephant."

According to RCMP media officer Dianna Fontaine, the truck was carrying food and there is no risk to surrounding residents, or the environment from hazardous materials. 

In November, the Stoney Nakoda First Nation and the province of Alberta announced they would partner to widen the 1A Highway through the First Nation at a cost of $76.5 million. 



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