Trucker survives plunge from freeway

| Monday, July 15, 2002

A Rhode Island trucker escaped serious injury July 10 after his semi-trailer ran off I-95, dove 60 feet into the West River and burst into flames. The incident is under investigation.

Robert R. Catteau, of North Kingston, reportedly was in stable condition at a New Haven hospital following the accident. He suffered minor burns and cuts.

Catteau reportedly was driving in the right northbound lane, near exit 44, shortly before 4 a.m. during an ongoing light rain. He then apparently lost control of his Mack truck, smashing through the right stretch of guardrail. The front wheels were sheared from the truck's cab, but the rest of the rig fell onto a dock in the river, damaging two empty boats. The truck then burst into flames.

The truck was carrying truck parts. Catteau reportedly was cited for traveling unreasonably fast for conditions.

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