Crash tosses fridges on Hwy 56

A semi tractor pulling a flatbed of scrap iron spilled its contents and shut down Hwy 56 for six hours on Nov. 23.

A semi tractor pulling a flatbed of scrap iron spilled its contents and shut down Hwy 56 for six hours on Nov. 23.

A semi tractor pulling a flatbed of scrap iron spilled its contents and shut down Hwy 56 for six hours on Nov. 23.

The southbound tractor rolled about 6.5 km south of Stettler at 2:50 p.m. after it hit the right shoulder, corrected, then skidded.

“There is very little forgiveness for any wandering on Hwy 56. This is a highway without a very wide shoulder,” said Stettler RCMP Sgt. Rowland Schmidt on Tuesday.

The scrap, including several flattened refrigerators, was strewn on the road and in the ditches on the busy highway.

Heavy duty tow trucks from Red Deer and Drumheller were called out to right the tractor and flatbed so they could be removed.

The tractor driver, with Calgary Metal, wore his seatbelt and was not injured.

Schmidt said the roads were “bone dry.”

No charges were laid.

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