The 22-year-old driver of the truck, Kurtlin Thuet, of Galena, Kansas, was turning from Oklahoma Highway 69 onto Highway 69A/Mushroom Farm Road when the accident occurred.
COMMERCE – A loaded cement mixer truck crashed and turned over on its side in a field near Commerce.
The 22-year-old driver of the truck, Kurtlin Thuet, of Galena, Kansas, was turning from Oklahoma Highway 69 onto Highway 69A/Mushroom Farm Road when the accident occurred around 10 a.m. on Thursday.
Thuet was delivering a full load of cement for O'Brien Ready Mix of Baxter Springs, Kansas when he left the road overturning the weighted and heavy truck.
“Judging by the skid marks it appears it was a combination of the load shifting and he may have taken the corner a little too fast,” Commerce Police Lt. Ernie Shelby said.
Thuet was ejected on impact. He was immediately taken by ambulance to Freeman Hospital in Joplin when emergency workers arrived from the Quapaw Tribe EMS to treat him for possible internal and head injuries, according to Shelby.
Traffic was blocked and rerouted by the Oklahoma Highway Patrol for approximately two hours while wrecker crews worked to upright and move the overturned vehicle.
The Oklahoma Highway Patrol, Quapaw Tribe EMS/Fire, and Garner's Wrecker Service are credited with assisting the Commerce Police Department at the scene.
“We appreciated the assistance on scene,” Shelby said. “ They all did a really good job there.”
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