Central Point semi driver cited in last week's crash

CENTRAL POINT — Police have cited a truck driver whose trailer overturned on Biddle Road Dec. 21 with careless driving and making an improper turn.

The 59-year-old man who was pinned inside his pickup after the trailer toppled on top of it remains hospitalized in fair condition, according to Rogue Valley Medical Center spokesman Grant Walker.

Jackson County sheriff's deputies determined Philip B. McCulloch was at fault in the accident and will face $795 in traffic fines for the crash. There will not be any additional charges beyond the two traffic violations, Jackson County sheriff's spokeswoman Andrea Carlson said in a news release today.

Geary was trapped inside the cab of his Chevy Silverado for an hour and a half as emergency crews worked to free him.

Crews initially tried 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.

The semitrailer, owned by Express Transport and driven by McCulloch, 41, of Central Point, was heading south 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 Geary's Silverado.

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.

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

A video of the crash taken from a surveillance camera at the intersection is available at www.mailtribune.com/video.

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