Truck carrying concrete overturns, halting traffic

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— A truck carrying 44,000 pounds of concrete turned over on its side Monday afternoon after it was cut off by a station wagon, police said.

Lafarge Corp. driver Roger Kenworthy, 52, of Oak Creek suffered an injured lip and a bruised leg because of the accident that occurred about 4 p.m. at the intersection of Walton Creek Road and U.S. 40.

The accident shut down the busy intersection for more than three hours.

Kenworthy was traveling west on U.S. 40 in the 20,000-pound truck and was attempting to make a right turn on Walton Creek Road, said Officer Pua Utu, who responded to the scene.

"We got information that a white Subaru station wagon being driven by a white female made a left turn from U.S. 40 right in front of Kenworthy," Utu said. "To avoid the collision, Kenworthy kept turning the truck to the right.

"By doing this, the whole weight of the concrete shifts, causing the truck to turn over on its side. He had a full load."

Kenworthy, an 18-year driver for Lafarge, was able to exit the truck through the shattered windshield, Utu said. He was taken to the hospital, where he was treated and released.

Kenworthy returned to the scene about 7 p.m. just in time to see the truck being towed away.

"My beautiful truck," Kenworthy said with his hand over his head.

Kenworthy would not comment about the accident.

"I can't talk about it," Kenworthy said.

Utu is thankful no one was seriously injured. The truck fell on its side in the southbound lane of Walton Creek Road.

"We were lucky nobody was traveling in the southbound lane," he said. "People need to slow down. People are always in a hurry and this is what we are faced with."

Anyone with information about the accident is asked to call the police department at 879-1144.

To reach Gary E. Salazar call 871-4205 or e-mail gsalazar@amigo.net

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