JONESVILLE — The driver of a cement mixer that overturned in the median on I-77 just south of the N.C. 67 interchange Wednesday afternoon was not seriously injured, according to emergency officials.
According to Yadkin Emergency Services Director Keith Vestal, the truck from Everready Concrete in Yadkinville was not fully loaded, but did have cement in it. The driver told officials the tire blew out, causing him to turn over in the median just before Exit 82 as he was headed northbound.
As emergency crews were dispatched, it was reported that the driver, who has name was not available, was pinned in the truck, and AirCare was requested. It took 30 to 40 minutes for rescue workers to extricate him, and they found his injuries were not serious enough to require air transport. He was taken to the hospital by ambulance.
The north and southbound lanes of I-77 were shut down for about 45 minutes during the rescue, with members from Yadkin EMS, Arlington, West Yadkin and Boonville fire departments, Yadkin County and Elkin rescue squads assisting on the scene. Also on the scene was North Carolina Highway Patrol, Yadkin Sheriff’s Office and Jonesville Police Department.
Trooper Moncus of the NCHP is investigating the wreck, but was in class Thursday and unavailable to provide further details.