A logging truck driver from Weaverville was flown to Mercy Medical Center after flipping the 18-wheeler onto its side west of Junction City Thursday, June 18. According to a California Highway Patrol report, Antonio Demedeiros, 49, was driving eastbound on Highway 299 near East Fork Mountain Road when he came to a curve.
“As he entered into a left bearing curve in the roadway, he noticed his speed was too fast,” the CHP report stated. “Demedeiros applied the brakes to the Kenworth causing the load of logs to shift. The trailer overturned and spilled the load of logs onto the roadway and down to the Trinity River.”
Demedeiros was able to get out of the truck as Junction City Fire Department and Cal Fire personnel arrived. He was transported to Junction City where he was picked up by PHI Air ambulance and flown to Redding for what CHP called minor injuries.
“Heavy duty tow trucks were called in to clear the roadway,” the CHP report states. “Alcohol/drugs do not appear to be a factor in this crash.”
According to the report, Demedeiros was the only occupant of the truck and was wearing his seat belt when the crash occurred.