PG&E contract worker plunges into Feather River this morning

Dec 16, 2013 7:18 PM

A PG&E contract worker rolled a 26,000 pound truck into the Feather River canyon in Plumas County this morning.

Workers closed a portion of Highway 70 for at least an hour to pull the truck out of the water.

The one man driving the truck suffered some minor injuries.

He is a contract driver for PG&E trucks, according to a local PG&E spokesman.

At around 8:30 this morning, he was driving west-bound on Highway 70 when he came a little too close to the shoulder, over-corrected, crossed lanes, and rolled 60 to 70 feet down the embankment into the water.

CHP said they were able to pull him out of the water and up the embankment with some ropes.

“[It was] quick reaction. He got out of the truck as it started filling up with water. He got out through the front windshield, which he says was cracked a little bit,” CHP Officer Bryan Goings said.

“We actually had to have two big rig tows. Crescent tow came and Quincy tow came. They had to use both big rig tows to pull it out and had a third littler tow truck.”

PG&E said the man did go to the hospital later on, as his hands started to bleed.

PG&E also said the truck is badly damaged, but cannot determine whether it is completely totaled yet.

A similar accident occurred in October 2011, when four PG&E workers plunged into the Feather River near Rock Creek Reservoir, taking the lives of two utility workers.


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