SOLON — Log truck driver Dwight Haskell of Palermo stopped beside Route 201 to check his cab lights early Tuesday morning when a passing pickup truck pulled up.
Haskell, thinking the occupants of the pickup were offering assistance, rolled down his window to speak to the passenger, who had climbed up on the sideboard of the log truck.
“How are you?” asked Haskell.
“Better than you,” answered the man, who then jammed a chrome-plated handgun in the trucker’s face.
Somerset County Chief Deputy Michael Brown said that Haskell, 31, was operating a log truck south on Route 201, just a mile from Twelve Corners. The truck is owned by Haskell and Sons, his dad’s business.
Brown said Haskell experienced trouble with his lights and pulled to the side of the road about 4 a.m. He observed the approaching pickup truck, which at first passed his log truck and then backed up.
After the passenger pulled the gun on Haskell, he ordered Haskell to turn over all his money. Haskell had just cashed his paycheck and handed the robber $1,400, his wallet and credit cards.
Haskell then was ordered to lie on the ground and the robber kicked him in the head, jumped into the pickup and sped away.
Haskell did not need to be treated for his injuries, and Brown said there are no suspects. The truck was believed to be dark blue, but was very dirty. The license plate was obscured by mud. The gun was either a .44- or .357-Magnum, said Brown.