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Driver rescued from overturned concrete mixer truck in Woodland

Driver was trapped in the cab under the steering wheel

The Columbian
Published: May 6, 2024, 2:28pm
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Crews from Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue extracted a driver from an overturned concrete mixer truck Saturday. The truck was leaking diesel fuel and concrete onto the street.
Crews from Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue extracted a driver from an overturned concrete mixer truck Saturday. The truck was leaking diesel fuel and concrete onto the street. (Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue) Photo Gallery

Crews from Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue successfully rescued the trapped driver of an overturned concrete mixer truck Saturday in Woodland.

Crews were dispatched around 9:20 a.m. Saturday for a report of a CalPortland concrete mixer truck that rolled over near Old Pacific Highway and Green Mountain Road in Woodland.

When crews arrived, the truck was on its side with the driver trapped in the cab, pinned below the steering wheel, according to a statement from the agency. The truck was leaking both diesel and fresh concrete from the barrel.

The driver was conscious but told crews she thought her hip was broken.

An on-duty battalion chief, an additional fire engine and a ladder truck were called to assist in the rescue.

Fire crews initiated a rescue technique known as a “roof peel,” in which the windshield, the posts near the windshield and the rear of the truck cab are cut.

“Once the cuts are made, the roof is peeled away so firefighters can gain access to the patient. Firefighters use battery powered hydraulic tools and saws to make the cuts,” according to the release.

The driver was removed from the cab and treated at the scene. The driver’s hip was not broken but she was transported to the emergency room for further evaluation.

“We were able to access the patient, peel the roof, and remove the driver quickly because we regularly practice for scenarios just like this,” Capt. Tyler Chenoweth said.

Firefighters remained on scene to help with fuel leak and clean up a portion of the spill.

The Woodland Police Department will investigate crash.

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