One injured in cement truck rollover in Hillsboro
Firefighters from Hillsboro Fire Department responded to a report of a cement truck rollover at the intersection of Northeast Walker Road and Northeast Stucki Avenue on Tuesday, July 24.
Crews on arrival found a loaded cement truck on its side with the driver still entrapped inside the cab, according to Hillsboro Deputy Fire Chief Mark Prince. "Firefighters used heavy cutting and extrication tools to remove the driver."
It took about 20 minutes to remove the driver, identified as 24-year-old Blake Meader, from the vehicle, who was then transported by ambulance to Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Prince said.
Meader later posted on his Twitter account stating that he broke his collarbone in the crash.
The cement truck also hit another car as it rolled over, according to Hillsboro Police spokesman Eric Bunday, but the driver of the second vehicle was reportedly uninjured.
Hillsboro Police determined speed was not a factor in the rollover, and that upon turning, the truck drove onto the curb, causing it to tip over. Bunday described the incident as a "freak accident."
No citations were issued.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated as new information has become available.
By Olivia Singer
Reporter, Forest Grove News-Times and Hillsboro Tribune
Follow Olivia at @oliviasingerr
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