Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Runaway Dump Truck Falls Off TX Seawall

This story was sent to our attention by "Lil Tony" Socias of Tony & Bros. Wrecker Service, along with the photos of their recovery job. Here's the note Tony sent: "It only took one hour from call out to finish. It was done by a Peterbilt Century 1060 (60 ton) and a Peterbilt Century 5030 (30 ton). After the recovery, the truck was able to drive away from the accident. We've been in buisness since 1933, family-owned and operated by 3 generations."

Here's the story from The Galveston County Daily News:

GALVESTON — A runaway dump truck used to haul sand rolled backward across four lanes of traffic and off the edge of the 17-foot seawall on Monday afternoon.

Eric Lopez, who drives the dump truck for E&R Melgar Trucking, said he parked the vehicle about 1:30 p.m. in the parking lot at Gorditas Mexican restaurant, 712 Seawall Blvd., and went inside to eat lunch.

Soon after, he was interrupted when police went into the restaurant asking for the driver of the truck, he said.

While Lopez was inside Gorditas, the dump truck rolled out of the parking lot, across Seawall Boulevard and tipped off the edge of the seawall.

It fell into an empty beach area just west of Wings Beachwear, 519 Seawall Blvd., according to fire department reports. No one was injured in the incident.

Lopez, who said he thought he had put the parking brake on, said he didn’t realize the truck had rolled away until police told him.

On Monday afternoon, firefighters blocked off the eastbound lane on Seawall Boulevard as a tow truck yanked the dump truck from its perch on the edge of the seawall. The truck, which Lopez said he had been hauling sand to reconstruct the beach in front of the seawall, was removed by 2:30 p.m. and hauled off.

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