Daniel's Curve claims another truck, driver escapes fire with no injuries
by C.F. David
A Houston , Texas truck driver, Jerome James narrowly escaped with his life on Friday evening.
James, driving the tractor-trailer, was southbound on Highway 287 about nine miles southeast of Boise City at about 7 p.m. The weather was clear, and the roadway dry as James drove into Daniel's curve. The truck, loaded with alfalfa hay took the path of many a truck before it, and overturned. It skidded broadside down the roadway, coming to rest about 100 yards east of the start of the curve, blocking most of both lanes of traffic.
The truck caught fire, and James, trapped and unhurt in the cab had to kick out a window to escape the flames.
The truck was completely destroyed.
The smoke from the burning truck, its diesel tanks and tires was visible from Boise City .
The Boise City Fire Department responded to cool and extinguish the flames; the truck was a total loss.
The load of hay was dumped in the southbound ditch.
James, in his discussion with the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, told investigating Trooper Duane Johnson that the problem was that the load shifted in the curve.
Trooper Johnson investigated the accident and cited James for:
F Operating a motor vehicle in a manner not reasonable and proper.
F Failure to secure the load.
F No insurance.
F A defective vehicle.
Boise City News