A truck driver suffered minor injuries after toppling his truck filled with 30,000 pounds of cement to avoid hitting another vehicle on Yosemite Boulevard between Empire and Waterford this morning, emergency responders said.
Junior Schaefer was trapped in his truck for about a half hour before emergency responders could get him out by cutting off the top of his cab.
Schaefer, who works for 711 Materials, Inc., complained of shoulder pain and had a cut on his head.
Schaefer was driving about 50 mph on a stretch of road with a 55 mph speed limit when he spotted a blue car pulling onto Yosemite Boulevard, said California Highway Patrol Officer Dan Balos. At the wheel of a truck loaded with cement, Schaefer tried to slow down or stop before the truck finally tipped. Skid marks on the road stretch about 180 feet, Balos said.
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The driver of the blue car, Paul Barton, 45, stopped to talk with officers. He was not injured.
Balos said it’s unclear whether Barton pulled out in front of Schaefer too close for Schaefer to slow down or if Schaefer over corrected.
Schaefer has been driving truck for about six years and has gone through a defensive driving course, said 711 Materials General Manager Robert Saia.