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Driver in Concrete Truck Rollover Escapes with Minor Injuries

A concrete truck spun out of control and overturned near the intersection of FM 1097 and Buffalo Springs Parkway earlier this week. The truck accident caused traffic on FM 1097 to be shut down for several hours Monday morning.

The accident occurred when a Cajun Ready Mix truck carrying nine yards of concrete lost control and rolled over. The truck was heading eastbound on FM 1097 for a construction pour. According to law enforcement officials on the scene, the concrete truck overturned before its bucket became separated from the vehicle. Once the bucket separated from the truck, two yards of concrete spilled over FM 1097. Montgomery firefighters arrived on the scene and quickly hosed the concrete from the roadway.

The driver apparently over-corrected after leaving the road and ended up losing control. The truck, which weighed an estimated 72,000 pounds, left clear impressions.

A member of the Texas Department of Transportation stated that, had the concrete dried on the roadway before firefighters arrived, the accident would have become a major issue.

The truck's driver, Jack Hinson, sustained only minor injuries. He was taken to Conroe Regional Medical Center for evaluation.

According to a Cajun Ready Mix spokesperson, the concrete truck is likely a total loss. The spokesperson noted that operating a concrete truck can be challenging due to its heavy weight and high center of gravity. As such, it is difficult to regain control of the vehicle once it is lost. Law enforcement officials did not expect the driver to receive a ticket for the truck accident.  

Source: Conroe Courier "Driver suffers minor injuries in concrete truck rollover" 8/23/10 

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