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Wash. first responders extricate driver in cement truck rollover

Crash in Woodland left the driver pinned under the steering wheel while diesel fuel and fresh concrete spilled onto the road

By Matt Esnayra
The Daily News

WOODLAND, Wash. — Crews from Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue extracted a driver from a rolled-over concrete mixer truck early Saturday morning.

According to a post on Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue’s Facebook page, the crash occurred around 9:22 a.m. Saturday on Old Pacific Highway and Green Mountain Road in Woodland.

Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue’s Engine 29 encountered a CalPortland concrete mixer truck on its side, a trapped conscious driver under the steering wheel, diesel fuel leaking, and fresh concrete spilling onto the road, the department reports.

Firefighters had to peel back the roof by cutting into the posts near the windshield, the windshield glass, and the rear of the truck cab.

They feared the driver injured her hips, but once the driver was removed from the cab and examined by paramedics, her hip pain reduced significantly.

However, she said she still had slight pain in her shoulder and neck and was transported to a hospital.

Firefighters remained on the scene to stop the fuel leak and clean up the spill. Units cleared the area at 9:52 a.m., and Capt. Tyler Chenoweth of Truck 21 from Clark-Cowlitz Fire Rescue said the quick work was thanks to regularly practicing such scenarios.

Overall, two engines, one ladder truck and a battalion chief responded to the scene and the incident is being investigated by the Woodland Police Department.

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