At about 11:42 a.m., March 19, Clarkdale Police Department received numerous reports of a cement truck accident at the roundabout at Hwy 89A & Lisa St.
911 callers reported that a cement truck had overturned in the roundabout. Investigation revealed that the vehicle blew a tire causing the driver to lose control of the truck.
Excessive speed did not appear to play a factor in the incident as GPS readings indicated that the vehicle was traveling 21 mph just prior to the crash. Witness statements corroborated that the truck did not appear to be traveling quickly when the crash occurred. The driver was not injured.
Verde Valley Fire District was initially dispatched to “wash down” a fuel spill. The 79,000-pound vehicle was loaded with powdered cement and was entering the roundabout intersection when one of its rear tires failed. Fortunately no other automobiles were involved and the driver was unhurt in the accident.
Clarkdale Police were dispatched first and had set up traffic control. When VVFD’s Engine 311 arrived they checked the vehicle for stability and safety and set to work containing the fuel spill. The Engine Company stayed on scene for approximately four hours to provide safety and backup while a heavy wrecker and crane were called in to right the truck and haul it away.
Traffic was detoured through Deborah Drive to Old Jerome Hwy. while numerous people worked to upright the truck and remove it from the scene.
The roadway was cleared around 4 pm.