Concrete mixer rolls over on highway

OTHO – Traffic on the highway near Otho was slowed for about three hours Thursday morning as crews worked to remove a concrete mixer that turned over on its side.

The truck, owned by Hamilton Redi Mix, had rolled onto the side of U.S. Highway 169 near Webster County Road D43 around 6:30 a.m.

Webster County Sheriff’s Deputy April Murray said the driver, Shawn Foster, of Fort Dodge, lost control of the concrete mixer and rolled into the west ditch of the highway, coming to rest on the driver’s side.

After the accident, Murray said two other vehicles in the northbound lane were involved in another minor accident.

“The first vehicle was a truck that stopped to render assistance to the concrete truck driver,” Murray said.

The stopped truck was then rear-ended by another vehicle. Murray said nobody was hurt in that incident.

Foster was removed from the concrete mixer and taken to Trinity Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. He was released before 11 a.m., according to Murray.

The mixer contained about 10 yards of concrete.

Deputy Chris O’Brien said there were no other injuries in the accident.

“He was very lucky,” O’Brien said. “It could have been a lot worse for him and for anyone else in the area.”

After Foster was taken to the hospital, a crew from Tony’s Tire, Truck and Auto Center, of Webster City, arrived to remove the concrete mixer from the scene.

Two tow trucks were needed to lift the mixer back onto its wheels and onto the shoulder. The Iowa Department of Transportation narrowed traffic to one lane in the area of the accident.

The mixer was turned upright around 9 a.m.

This is the second rollover in a week involving a Hamilton Redi Mix concrete truck. Last Friday, another driver received minor injuries when the truck he was driving rolled over in the 3400 block of Fifth Avenue South. That truck also had 10 yards of concrete inside its mixer.

Connie Hamilton, of Hamilton Redi Mix, said it wasn’t known if these two accidents would impact the business in any way.

She said the truck was still being examined to see if it was able to be saved; the truck involved in last week’s accident was totaled.

The Otho Fire Department also responded to the scene of Thursday’s accident.