NORTH FORK – The driver of a Ford Ranger pickup escaped without injury this evening after rolling his truck near the bridge at Fine Gold Creek.
Alec Connor, 20, of Coarsegold, was headed south on Road 200 just after 8 p.m. on Sunday, Apr. 20. According to CHP, just after crossing the bridge, the driver said he slid in some loose gravel in the roadway.
As the rear of the truck began sliding to the right, he tried to counter steer but lost control. The right front right tire went off into the dirt on the side of the road and up the embankment, causing the truck to flip onto its side. The pickup came to rest blocking both lanes.
Cal Fire Engine 4275 from the Rancheria station was first on scene, and directed traffic around the wreck through the dirt turnout on the east side of the road. Madera County Fire Department Squad 11 also responded, along with Sierra Ambulance. EMS personnel checked the driver over, but he was not injured.
Firefighters and CHP pushed the truck over onto its wheels and rolled it out of the roadway, then got busy with shovels and brooms to remove the debris so traffic could start moving through.
The road was stop-and-go one lane traffic for about 45 minutes as the scene was cleared.
Alcohol was not a factor in the accident.