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Archive for Tuesday, October 20, 1998

CEMENT MIXER TAKESSPILL

October 20, 1998

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A concrete truck overturned Monday morning, creating a sticky situation for rescue officials.

An LRM Industries Inc. truck filled with tons of concrete careened back and forth across a county road Monday morning before tipping over and sliding into a ditch, trapping the driver inside.

The driver, Duane Jenkins, suffered a broken ankle but escaped serious injuries. He was flown to Overland Park Regional Medical Center after the accident, which happened at 9:11 a.m. His hometown was unknown Monday.

LRM Vice President Howard Hasler said the truck was headed to Baldwin, but he would release no other information about the truck, including how much concrete was inside.

The truck was southbound on County Road 1057, about halfway between North 700 and North 800 Road southeast of Lawrence.

The mixer flipped on its side when the right wheels slipped off the road and Jenkins overcorrected. Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy Gary Bunting said the weight of the concrete pushed the truck to the other side of the road before the driver swerved in an attempt to bring the truck back into the correct lane.

It slid 120 feet before falling on its side into a roadside ditch. A small pool of concrete poured from the drum.

Mike Polk, president of Polk Crane Services, Lawrence, used a crane to pull the drum out of the ditch. The concrete and drum weighed between 35,000 and 40,000 pounds, Polk said.

Hillcrest Wrecker employees used a winch to pull the cement truck up the road embankment.

A small patch of the road was pounded into the ground where the drum slammed into the pavement, causing a 4-inch depression in the northbound lane.

Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Nelson said county crews have been told about the damage to the road.

-- Chris Koger's phone message number is 832-7126. His e-mail address is ckoger@ljworld.com.

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