Police: Cement Truck Dragged Car More Than A Mile On Rt 128

DANVERS (CBS) – A woman was injured in an unusual crash on Route 128 Friday afternoon in Danvers.

State Police say they received several 911 calls reporting that a cement truck was pushing a small car sideways down the highway.

Troopers say their initial investigation indicates the truck pushed the car for more than a mile after the initial impact.

The driver of that car, a 39-year-old Florida woman, was taken to a local hospital. The extent of her injuries were not immediately known.

The truck involved in the crash is a 1999 Volvo mixer owned by South Shore Gunite of Chelmsford. Police say the truck was being driven by a 48-year-old Nashua, N.H. man.

The cause and circumstances surrounding the crash remain under investigation.

  • sean

    Photo caption says the truck dragged it and the story says the truck was pushing it, which one was it? Was it a crazed truck driver just pushing it or did somehow the car get stuck under the truck and it was dragged before the truck driver realized it?

    • Susan M

      Half a story.

    • 1stackmack

      #1,there’s no possible way to get a car of any size under that truck with out feeling it in the cad.plus the fuel tank,air tanks,and since this was a tri axle.that lift axle was in the way.l wish l knew what kind of car it was.from behind the wheel of that autocar ( autocar was owned by volvo in the 90’s ) you can’t see anything directly in front of the nose,the truck sits to high.and seeing how this was mixer( portable batch type,not redi mix type ) it was not air ride and since 128 is not the smoothes road the driver didn’t feel what ever cut him off.hopefully this driver doesn’t get screwed.

      • John

        Very good points. It is impossible to see directly in front of the nose of one of those trucks.

    • bibzee63

      I can assure you it was not a crazed truck driver. That truck in particular is very large. It was reported that it was a Kia Spectra…probably a smaller older model, meaning it was fairly small.. More of the story needs to be brought out. Did the driver of the car somehow cut off the truck. Those trucks are not quiet, luxury trucks. They bounce the driver around at the slightest variation on the road. And 128 is one of the worse highways in Mass. I have stood in front of that truck and I can def tell you..no way the driver even knew the car was there. Yes no excuse but design by the manufacturer is not the drivers fault. All drivers on those trucks are DOT regulated and South Shore Gunite Pools have strict strict rules…..this was just a flukey accident…!!!

    • alycia

      The car was broadside across the front. It was pushing it down the highway sideways. It wasn’t under the cement truck it was attached to like the grill area with the driver door flush against the grill. Bizarre.

      • 1stackmack

        so the car driver ether didn’t check her mirror when she merged onto the highway.or was oblivious to her surroundings.

  • alycia

    I actually am one of the people who called this in. I suspect when the 2 collided, a cement truck carrying that much weight cannot just stop (Assuming the cement canister was full). If he slammed ont he brakes wouldn’t that have sent her car potentially flying? Needless to say it was very scarying seeing a live person in a car being dragged down the highway. I am very happy she lived!

    • 1stackmack

      this particular cement mixer is a batch plant type.ist designed to mix cement at the project or job.is in transit there is no spinning drum,its basically a dump truck with separate bins for sand,cement,and water tanks.the trucks with the spinning drums is already a wet mixed load,and heavier.also if this autocar was doing 60 – 65mph.it would take a couple 100 yards to stop.l dought to was going to fast,its geared low,unlike an over the road peterbilt or freightliners which are geared for highway speeds .it must have been a sight seeing it unfold.

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