MOULTONBOROUGH — Police said they suspect speed was a factor in a truck crash that closed the westbound lane of Route 25 at Sheridan Road for more than four hours Wednesday afternoon.
A 2003 International tri-axle dump truck registered to Miracle Farms Landscaping was heading east on Route 25 when driver Eugenio Irizarry Montalvo, 29, of Moultonborough rounded a blind curve and encountered a paving truck stopped waiting to make a left-hand turn onto Sheridan Road about 12:55 p.m.
Police Sgt. Jason Boucher said Montalvo realized he wasn’t going to be able to stop in time and steered left, avoiding the paving truck but shifting his load of sand and gravel and causing his truck to roll.
As the truck tipped onto its passenger side, it crushed the cab of an oncoming Ford F-650 flatbed truck towing an empty goose-neck trailer, Boucher said.
“Someone was watching out for that man,” said Boucher, explaining the cab of the westbound truck, registered to Taylor Rental, was destroyed except for the area occupied by driver William Wilder, 53, of Northfield.
Wilder was walking and talking when police arrived but had a cut on his head. He was taken by ambulance to Lakes Region General Hospital as a precaution , Boucher said.
The dump truck ended up on the front lawn of a home, its nose pushed against a utility pole and its load spilling into the highway. The driver was not hurt but will likely face at least a traffic citation , Boucher said.
The area where the accident occurred has a posted speed limit of 45 mph and is crash pronedue to several sharp curves and the grade, Boucher said.
Westbound traffic was diverted and Route 25 did not reopen until about 4:50 p.m. Eastbound traffic was initially diverted before one lane was reopened.