A semi-tractor trailer overturned, dumping a load of scrap metal and other debris, on Washington Street on Wednesday morning.
Blair police and Blair Fire and Rescue responded to the accident at the intersection of 19th and Washington streets just after 10 a.m.
According to a report from Blair police, the driver was turning east on Washington Street from North 19th Street when the cargo shifted, causing the trailer to overturn. There were no injuries and no other cars involved, Officer Tom Byrne said. Damage to the trailer and semi-truck was $5,000.
Joe Peleska, whose insurance agency is along Washington Street, heard the accident.
“I thought someone was coming through my building,” he said. “That's how loud it was.”
The Nebraska State Patrol's carrier enforcement issued the driver, Jacob Doescher, a citation.
“He was cited for an equipment violation related to the trailer, which may have caused the trailer to tip,” Blair police Capt. Aaron Barrow said.
Witnesses told police Doescher was not speeding and there was no traffic light violation, Barrow said.
Doescher said he was headed from Norfolk to Council Bluffs, Iowa. At the time, he was unsure if the load had shifted and caused the accident.
“We've had an issue with these trailers, but nothing like this,” he said. “I've never been so scared in my life.”
Traffic at 19th and Washington streets was restricted until the trailer and debris could be cleaned up.