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Lumber truck overturns, injures driver

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A lumber truck towing a 53-foot, fully-loaded trailer rolled over while traveling down an earthen ramp in Menlo Park on Wednesday, August 29, 2018.

A truck driver was injured when his truck loaded with lumber overturned Tuesday morning at a Menlo Park residential construction site, fire officials said.

Menlo Park Fire Protection District firefighters were called at 7:11 a.m. by someone who said a big-rig overturned at the Station 1300 project at 1300 El Camino Real.

When firefighters arrived, a captain reported that a lumber delivery truck had overturned.

The driver was able to get out but he was treated for back and shoulder injuries before being taken to Stanford Hospital.

Fire officials said it is fortunate the truck, owned by Channel Lumber, did not slide any further into a completed basement area.

“Given the dynamics of a busy sub-surface construction site, we feel fortunate that no one else was injured and that the truck didn’t end up sliding further into the basement, or a sea of reinforcing steel rebar, which could have been catastrophic,” Fire Chief Harold Schapelhouman said in a statement.

Firefighters also secured a diesel fuel tank on the truck, which had started leaking after the truck overturned.

Schapelhouman said the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health has been notified of the accident.

Station 1300 is a 220,000-square foot, four-story apartment project on 6.4 acres that is expected to have 183 units.

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