A firefighter picks up pieces from a Chevrolet pickup after William Geary was extracted from the vehicle. - Julia Moore

Driver pinned by trailer

A Central Point man remained in serious condition at Rogue Valley Medical Center after a semitrailer tipped over and crushed his truck just before 2 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Table Rock and Biddle roads.

Police said William W. Geary, 59, was pinned inside the cab of his Chevy Silverado for an hour and a half, before emergency crews were able to extricate him.

Initially, emergency crews attempted to remove Geary without moving the trailer, which was lying across his lap, but after about an hour they decided to use a forklift and heavy wrecker to lift the trailer off of his truck and roll the truck back.

After it was clear from the trailer, they cut the top off of the Silverado's cab and pulled Geary out of the wreckage.

Onlookers cheered as he was being loaded into a Mercy Flights ambulance before being transported to the hospital.

Andrea Carlson, public information officer for the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, said the extrication was prolonged because emergency crews had to be careful moving the trailer and truck to insure that no further injury was caused to Geary.

The semitrailer, owned by Express Transport and driven by Phillip B. McCulloch, 41, Central Point, was heading southbound on Table Rock Road and attempting a right turn onto Biddle Road when the trailer broke free sideswiping a white Ford F-150 before landing on the driver's side cab of the Geary's Silverado.

The driver of the Ford was reportedly not hurt during the collision.

Police said that the semitrailer's load shifting and its speed were contributing factors to the trailer breaking free and tipping over during the turn.

McCulloch refused to comment on the crash.

"This is by far the worst accident I have ever seen here, and I've seen a lot of them," said Jeannie Savage, 67, of Central Point, who has lived on the corner of Table Rock Road and Biddle for more than 30 years.

The crash shut down traffic on Biddle Road between its intersection with Table Rock Road and Hamrick Road for nearly three hours.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Central Point Police, Oregon State Police, Jackson County Fire District No.3, Medford Fire Department, and Medford Police responded to the incident.

The Oregon State Police and the Jackson County Sheriff's Department are still investigating the crash. No citations have been issued.

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