2013-01-17 / Top News

Colorado man injured in semi rollover


Various paper products and frozen food items were scattered along the ditch when the semi-trailer carrying them rolled on U.S. Highway 83 near Strasburg during the early morning hours of Jan. 8. The driver, Jose Canchola, was not injured, but a passenger, Ruben Salinas, sustained head and neck injuries. Various paper products and frozen food items were scattered along the ditch when the semi-trailer carrying them rolled on U.S. Highway 83 near Strasburg during the early morning hours of Jan. 8. The driver, Jose Canchola, was not injured, but a passenger, Ruben Salinas, sustained head and neck injuries. A Colorado man sustained injuries as the result of a rollover on U.S. Highway 83 on Jan. 8. The accident occurred near the Tim and Kellie Wikenheiser farm on the south edge of Strasburg at around 4:30 a.m.

Jose Canchola, 33, of Thornton, Colo., was northbound in a 2012 Volvo semi tractor pulling a 40-foot trailer carrying various paper products and frozen food items for delivery to the Bismarck and Minot areas. The tractor was owned by Sygma Network, Inc. of Pryor, Okla. According to Emmons County Deputy Sheriff Mark Pearson, Canchola drifted to the right, causing the right side of the trailer to leave the roadway.

Canchola tried to correct, which forced the semi to cross the roadway and roll into the opposite (west) ditch. A passenger, Ruben Salinas, 62, of Aurora, Colo., was sleeping in the bunk of the semi when the accident occurred, and he was thrown from the bunk area.

The Emmons County Sheriff’s Department, Linton Fire & Rescue, Emmons County ALS Ambulance, Strasburg Fire Department and the N.D. Highway Patrol responded to the scene. Extrication was not necessary, and Salinas was transported by the Emmons County ALS Ambulance to the Linton Hospital, where he was treated for neck and head injuries. None of Salinas’s injuries were life-threatening, and Canchola was not injured in the accident.

Canchola was wearing a seat belt, but he was cited for Care Required. Damage to the semi and trailer (including the contents) was estimated at $250,000.

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