Strong Winds Cause Problems
Two Trucks Overturn, Another Becomes Entangled in Wires, and House Hit By Tree
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A truck from the Keebler Cookie Company flips over on its side in the strong winds Tuesday, blocking both lanes of Route 161 near Cedar Road.
Photo by Tim Ferguson

(UNDATED) - Winds clocked as high as 61 miles per hour at the Alma Weather Station knocked over two semis and resulted in a third semi hitting sagging power lines. A number of tree limbs also came crashing down, causing significant wind damage to at least one home in Centralia.

State Route 161 near Cedar Road east of Centralia was blocked to traffic late Tuesday morning when the wind caused a truck driver to lose control and the semi trailer to lay down on its side across both lanes. The cab of the truck also flipped over on its side, but the driver was able to get out without injury.

State Police say a semi driven by 53-year-old Daryl Biggs of Henderson, Kentucky went out of control on eastbound I-64 at mile marker 89.5 after the empty trailer was lifted off the ground. The cab and trailor both overturned onto the right shoulder, pinning Biggs inside the vehicle. Jefferson County Rural Fire and EMS personnel extgricated Biggs from the cab. The right lane of I-64 was closed for about four and a half hours for extrication, crash investigation and scene cleanup. Biggs was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The crash occurred at 11:05 Tuesday morning.

Centralia City Firemen say the strong wind caused power poles to move on Lincoln Street near Noleman allowing the power lines to sag. They were hit by a passing semi that broke a pole when snagging the line. The driver was able to get out of the truck without incident. The Lincoln and Noleman Street intersection was closed for about two hours for cleanup.

Centralia City Firemen were also called to a large limb falling on the Sandy Wehking home at 13-01 West McCord Street. Roof damage was reported. No one was home when the limb fell.

At least two power lines came down in Salem, one in the 11-hundred block of South College and another near the Ameren substation off South Walnut Street.

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