Massena man transported to Vermont for leg injury after car-truck collision in Louisville
Tuesday, November 28, 2017 - 11:45 am

LOUISVILLE – A 51-year-old Massena man was hospitalized after his vehicle collided with a semi-truck Nov. 22 around 2 p.m. on state Highway 37.

According to troopers who investigated the incident, Timothy J. Beckstead, 51, was driving a 2015 Chevy Cruze west on Highway 37 when the vehicle swerved into the left lane into the path of an oncoming 2016 Kenmore truck owned by Transport Petit, which was headed east.

The driver of the truck, Alain LaRoche, 56, of Victorville, Quebec, attempted to avoid Beckstead’s vehicle by swerving to the left, but the Kenmore struck the Cruze, troopers said.

Beckstead sustained a broken leg and a laceration to his right hand. He was transported to Massena Memorial Hospital by Massena Rescue Squad, and then transported on to the University of Vermont Medical Center for treatment of his leg injury.

LaRoche was uninjured during the crash, troopers said.

Beckstead’s Chevy was towed from the scene by Route 37 Auto. The Transport Petit truck was towed from the scene by Route 11 Truck & Equipment Sales and Service Inc.

Beckstead was subsequently found to be at fault during the accident. Troopers ticketed him for failure to keep right and for unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle.

He is scheduled to appear in town court at a later date.