Concrete truck troubles

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

The truck, owned by Hamilton Redi Mix, 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 vehicle 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 no one 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.

It is the second rollover in a week involving a Hamilton Redi Mix concrete truck. Another driver received minor injuries when the truck he was driving tipped over in the 3400 block of Fifth Avenue South a week ago, on March 14.

That truck was also hauling 10 yards of concrete in its mixer at the time of the accident.

Connie Hamilton, of Hamilton Redi Mix, said she didn’t know if the two accidents would impact the business in any way.

The condition of the truck involved in Thursday’s accident had not been determined, she said.

The truck involved in the March 14 accident was totaled.

The Otho Fire Department also responded to the scene Thursday.