Driver escapes before truck hits stream

Posted: Sunday, January 23, 2011

KETCHIKAN — A Ketchikan driver escaped injury when his truck hit a rock before tumbling into a creek.

Alaska State Troopers say 46-year-old Paul Cyr of Ketchikan was on his way to work Thursday morning and traveling toward the North Tongass Highway when he lost traction on an icy hill.

Cyr told troopers he could not steer or stop and the truck struck a large rock at the top of an embankment above a creek.

The truck pushed the rock over the embankment.

Cyr said as the truck teetered, he had just enough time to loosen his seat belt and jump out before the vehicle tumbled into the creek.

The truck cab filled with water and was pronounced a total loss.

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