Overloaded Truck Rolls When Load Shifts; No One Injured

South Shore traffic was snarled on September 11, when the material on an overloaded pickup truck shifted and the vehicle flipped blocking both lanes of the road on Roman Hill above the Westin Resort. No one was injured and no citations were issued. St. John Tradewinds News Photo by Eliza Magro.

An overloaded pickup truck rolled over on Tuesday afternoon, September 11, when the truck’s load shifted as the vehicle ascended a hill on South Shore Road.

The 1994 Ford truck was headed eastbound carrying lumber and plywood when the accident happened. V.I. Police Department officers responded to the scene at 3:20 p.m., according to VIPD spokesperson Monyka Johnigan.

“It was just past the Westin, and it was going up the hill on South Shore Road when the accident happened near the trash bins,” said St. John Rescue spokesperson Karin Schlesinger. “The truck was definitely overloaded, and halfway up the hill, the driver tried to do a shift and when that failed, the truck ended up going down the hill. That’s when the load shifted.”

The truck was not described as overloaded in a VIPD report, and no citations were issued, according to Johnigan. The driver indicated to police that when the lumber shifted, his vehicle raised up in the front.

St. John Rescue responded along with the V.I. Fire Service and VIPD officers. No one was injured in the accident.

“We responded, but our only involvement was simply to help with traffic control as they cleared the road of all the construction debris,” said Schlesinger.