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Truck tips, minor injuries for driver

Firefighters from Stanislaus consolidated Fire Department work to free Junior Schaefer from the cab of his truck after it crashed Thursday morning on Highway 132 east of Empire.
Firefighters from Stanislaus consolidated Fire Department work to free Junior Schaefer from the cab of his truck after it crashed Thursday morning on Highway 132 east of Empire. Modesto Bee

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 on Thursday morning, emergency responders said.

Junior Schaefer, 28, of Ceres was trapped in his truck for about 30 minutes before emergency workers could pry him out by cutting off the top of the truck cab.

Schaefer, who works for 711 Materials Inc., complained of shoulder pain and had a cut on his head.

Schaefer was driving west at about 50 mph in a 55 mph zone at 9:30 a.m. when he came upon a Hyundai Sonata slowing down to turn left onto Davison Road, said California Highway Patrol officer Dan Balos. Schaefer braked hard, leaving 180 feet of skid marks, Balos said.

The driver of the car, Paul Barton, 45, of Modesto saw the truck coming and turned out of the way, Balos reported. The truck tipped over but did not strike the car.

Barton stopped and talked with officers. He was not injured and is considered a witness to the wreck, the CHP said.

Schaefer has been driving trucks for about six years and has gone through a defensive driving course, said Robert Saia, general manager of 711 Materials.

Bee staff writer Eve Hightower can be reached at 578-2382 or ehightower@modbee.com.

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