Distracted truck driver crashes, spills load of plywood across road

Incident takes place on Huntingdon Road in Abbotsford on Monday morning

A load of plywood covered Huntingdon Road on Monday morning after a semi-truck driver went off the road.

A load of plywood covered Huntingdon Road on Monday morning after a semi-truck driver went off the road.

Huntingdon Road was closed to traffic for a few hours this morning after a semi-truck driver spilled a load of plywood between Mt. Lehman Road and Hamm Street.

Abbotsford Police Const. Ian MacDonald said the incident took place at about 5:15 a.m. when the driver was travelling west on Huntingdon Road.

He said the driver became distracted when he attempted to plug in his cellphone charger and then started to drift off the road. He then overcompensated and ended up in a ditch and crashing into a fence, MacDonald said.

The driver narrowly missed hitting two telephone poles, and MacDonald said it was also fortunate that no other drivers were involved in the crash.

The road was closed to traffic for a period, but MacDonald said it is now open, although crews are still cleaning up and there will be delays in the area.

The driver was issued a ticket for distracted driving.