Jaffrey

50 tons of paving asphalt spills

Police: Speed was a factor in tractor-trailer failing to navigate a sharp corner

More than 50 tons of asphalt spilled from a 2001 Mack tractor-trailer unit on Prescott Road on Tuesday afternoon. Police say the driver failed to navigate a sharp corner in the road.

More than 50 tons of asphalt spilled from a 2001 Mack tractor-trailer unit on Prescott Road on Tuesday afternoon. Police say the driver failed to navigate a sharp corner in the road. Purchase photo reprints at Photo Finder »

A tractor-trailer truck carrying more than 50 tons of asphalt turned over on Prescott Road on Tuesday afternoon, after police say the driver drove too fast around a sharp corner.

D. Bruce Van Veelen, 50, of Hudson was driving a 2001 Mack tractor-trailer unit owned by Continental Paving of Londonderry on Prescott Road, near Squantum Road, shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday.

According to police, the front of the tractor-trailer tipped, causing the entire truck to also tip over. Based on the long skid marks visible on Prescott Road, police said speed was a contributing factor in the crash.

“It is yet to be determined whether or not charges will be filed,” Jaffrey Police Chief Bill Oswalt said Wednesday.

Van Veelen was delivering 50.94 tons of asphalt from Continental Paving’s asphalt plant in Litchfield to a state paving project on Cathedral Road in Rindge, a Continental Paving supervisor told police at the scene.

Oswalt said about 99 percent of the asphalt, which was of granular consistency at the time of the crash, spilled from the truck. Continental Paving has since contracted with local services to recover the spilled asphalt, said Oswalt, adding that most of the material had been cleaned up as of late Tuesday afternoon.

Van Veelen, who sustained non-life-threatening injuries in the crash, was transported to Monadnock Community Hosptial by Jaffrey-Rindge Memorial Ambulance. He was treated and released Tuesday, according to hospital records.

— by Alyssa Dandrea

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