Semi-trailer truck tips over, trapping driver inside cabin

A man was freed from the cabin of a semi-trailer truck on Friday morning after the truck tipped over onto its side.

Driver finally freed by emergency workers 2 hours after his truck tipped over on a turn

Stéphane Corriveau, chief of operations with the Montreal fire department, said about 25 firefighters and a specialized crew worked to free the driver. (Radio-Canada)

A man was freed from the cabin of a semi-trailer truck on Friday morning after the truck tipped over onto its side.

Emergency workers were able to free the man from the truck's cabin about one hour after they arrived on the scene. The driver was trapped between the highway guardrail and the door of the cabin. (CBC)

The incident happened on the Côte-Vertu Boulevard exit for Highway 40 West around 5 a.m. ET after the driver did not properly negotiate a turn.

The driver, an Ontario man in his 20s or 30s, was alone in the truck when it rolled over.

Montreal fire department Chief of Operations StéphaneCorriveau said it took about 25 firefighters and a special technical crew about one hour to get the driver out of the truck.

The truck fell onto the highway safety rail. Corriveau said that the driver was trapped between the safety rail and the door of the cabin, making for a delicate removal process. 

He said they had to use the jaws of life to cut the guardrail bit by bit because they were working so closely to the driver.

He said they do not know yet whether speed or drowsiness was a factor. Police are investigating.

The 53-foot-long truck was carrying peat moss.

The off-ramp between Côte-Vertu and Highway 40 West exit is closed for the time being.

A truck tipped over while negotiating a turn on the Highway 40 exit from Côte-Vertu Boulevard. (Elias Abboud/CBC)