by Chris Klint
9:05 AM AKDT, July 22, 2011
Alaska State Troopers cited a tractor-trailer driver on the Dalton Highway for operating his vehicle with a canceled license after it left the road and rolled over Thursday with a cargo of hazardous materials.
Alaska Bureau of Highway Patrol troopers were informed of the crash, which happened at Mile 25 of the highway near Livengood, at about 10:40 a.m. Officials say 63-year-old Paul Eickermann of North Pole was headed north on the highway when the 2007 Peterbilt truck he was driving for Alaska West Express left the roadway for unknown reasons and rolled.
Eickermann received minor injuries and reported wearing his seat belt. Troopers cited and released him at the scene.
None of the hazardous cargo leaked from the trailer in the crash, and the state Department of Environmental Conservation responded to oversee the removal of the truck and cargo from the scene.
Driving a tractor-trailer on the Dalton, a highway made famous by the History Channel TV series “Ice Road Truckers,” can be a tricky task, as Channel 2’s Christine Kim recently discovered at the wheel of a truck simulator during a local sightseeing company’s Big Rig Experience tour.
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