UPDATE • Driver cited for dragging an object on the road
Talk about a rocky road.
A Knight Transportation delivery truck dragged a large boulder along Airport Way onto Interstate 205 Saturday morning, blocking traffic for a short time while the big rock was removed from the road.
Portland police said the driver of a tractor-trailer, 42-year-old Robert G. Birdsall of Canon City, Colo., apparently snagged the boulder at about 8 a.m. while making a delivery to IKEA in the Cascade Station shopping area.
Birdsall was cited by Oregon State Police for dragging an object on the roadway and not having a current driver's logbook. He and his truck were placed out of service for the violations.
A landscaper working at Cascade Station noticed the missing boulder, followed the trail of heavy scratch marks to I-205 and flagged down a police officer to handle the situation.
Police said Birdsall's truck went the wrong way through a turnaround headed to I-205 south, drove over the landscaping and struck the boulder, lodging it under the trailer.
The truck dragged the boulder along Airport Way and onto I-205, leaving a trail of scrape marks on the pavement.
The driver apparently did not know he was dragging a huge boulder. Eventually the boulder damaged the trailer, causing it lose air pressure and forcing Birdsall to stop on the highway.
Oregon's Department of Transportation helped removed the boulder, which should be returned to the Cascade Station landscaping. I-205 was closed for a short time while the boulder was dislodged from the truck and dragged off the highway.