Friday, May 09, 2008


Amherst – A truck driver returning to Houston Texas lost control of his rig Friday morning on Middle Ridge Road in Amherst. The rig ended up on its side with the load of steel rolling into the Pine Crest Apartment complex.

Lieutenant Joseph Kucirek of the Amherst Police Department said the 80-year-old truck driver went off the right side of the road and lost control. The driver couldn’t get the truck back on the road and it ended up rolling over. The load of 46 thousand tons of steel pipes rolled off the truck and into the apartment complex. Fortunately there were no people outside and only two cars in the lot at the time of the crash.

Chief Wayne Northeim of the Amherst Fire Department said that the driver received only minor cuts and bruises but refused any treatment or transport from LifeCare Paramedics. Northeim also said that there was only a minor amount of oil that leaked out of the semi and that the diesel tanks were still in tact. The load however wasn’t so lucky. “There were ten pieces of pipe that spilled off the truck and into the yard from the truck all the way up to the apartment building. One pipe actually struck the base of patio decks and those are being tended to now by a construction company.” Northeim said that he is still unclear as to why the driver was even traveling on this section of Middle Ridge Road; “This is not an area where you see many semis so I am not sure why he was even down here.”

Lt. Kucirek said that the driver would likely be charged with Failure to Control.

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Anonymous julie miller said...

Hi all i live in pinecrest.i have been here for a year now and have seen.1 man hit the back of a dumptruck riding his bike.another man got hit riding his bike and i have seen many cars run off the road here in the winter.People just need to slow down when they come down these hills.Thank god it was not time for the kids to be picked up or dropped of from school.Its all cleaned up know they halled it all off with 2 semi's.

6:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My concern is the age of the driver.

Not that it is an 80 yr old driving.
Or an 80 yr old driving a rig.

But an 80 yr who possibly NEEDS to work to pay bills and survive.

12:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I lived at Pinecrest for a few years, moving out this past year. In the time I saw too many close calls. My children were told to hang out in the back because of the dangers in the front. If anyone has driven down the hill at pinecrest, you know you must be hitting your brakes in order to stay at the posted speed limit. More warning should be posted at the tops of the hill.

I, like another reader, also find concern with someone that must continue to work at such an age. Why do we not take care of those that too care of us?

6:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

God bless him for being out there still working. There are people much younger than him that would rather sit on their asses saying they can't work because of some lame excuss. But 80 is way too old to be driving at all let alone a semi. Haas

8:40 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

46,000 tons??? You might want to check that statistic! That would be 92,000,000 pounds!

10:29 AM  

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