Man Pinned Underneath Dump Truck

By: Venton Blandin
By: Venton Blandin

July 10, 2006

Traffic was shut down along Route 53/Thomas Jefferson Parkway in Albemarle County Monday morning because of an accident.

Albemarle County Police told us the road was still shut down around 12:00 p.m. in both directions as crash team investigators reconstructed an accident involving a dump truck that overturned pinning a man underneath it.

The Albemarle County Fire Department says the accident happened around 9:00 a.m. on Monday. Police and firefighters say it involved a dump truck marked with the Albemarle County Service Authority logo on its side.

Police confirm a man was stuck underneath the truck. Police are not sure what caused the accident, but they do say the driver ended up underneath the truck because he over-corrected somehow.

Several witnesses remained on the scene. One man shared his reaction after seeing it all happen.

"I started hearing 'kathunk, kathunk, kathunk', and I looked over to the left, and saw the gentleman's truck flipping. It flipped three times, and on the third roll he came out of the back window," said witness Bob Bertrand of Charlottesville.

Bertrand did get out his car to help the man. He was able to use a jack in his car to help lift the truck off of the man until firefighters arrived.

Members of the Albemarle County Police Department and Virginia Department of Transportation blocked roads, so a crash reconstruction team could determine a cause for the accident.

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