KANSAS CITY, Mo. — An overturned cement truck had traffic on Interstate 35 jammed up for several hours Tuesday afternoon. It happened just after 1 p.m. in the southbound lanes of I-35, south of the Northeast Brighton exit.
By 4:15 the accident had been cleared and the lanes reopened. A Missouri Highway Patrol Trooper on scene said it is lucky no one was seriously injured or killed.
The accident backed up traffic about four miles, all the way to the Pleasant Valley Road exit. The truck, owned by Penny’s Cement, Inc., out of Shawnee, Kan., was fully loaded according to authorities.
When the driver made a lane change on I-35 from the right lane to the left, the cement truck sideswiped a car with a woman and child inside.
The driver realized they were there and swerved to avoid crushing the car, overcorrected, went into the median, struck the cable barrier and overturned.
The cement truck landed on its side and luckily not onto another vehicle. The fully loaded truck was so heavy, it had to be dismantled before it was hauled away.
The driver of the cement truck suffered minor injuries. The woman and child were not hurt.
The driver was not cited for any traffic violations on-scene, but that could change after the investigation is complete.