By Taylor Short
Killeen Daily Herald
COPPERAS COVE – A cement truck spilled over onto U.S. Highway 190 in Copperas Cove Friday after an accident left three injured and hundreds of vehicles locked in traffic.
Deputy Fire Chief Gary Young said the fire department received a call around 1:15 p.m. Friday reporting an accident near the intersection of Highway 190 and Avenue D in Copperas Cove.
Lt. Daniel Austin with the Copperas Cove Police Department said the 2008 International Ratliff cement truck was traveling westbound on Highway 190 around 1:20 p.m. when the driver overcorrected to avoid a collision and flipped the truck on its side before sliding eastbound across all lanes of traffic. It struck a yellow Jeep and a fire hydrant before coming to a rest near Egg Town restaurant.
The 46-year-old male truck driver was air lifted to Scott & White Hospital in Temple and the two women in the Jeep were air lifted to Metroplex Hospital in Killeen.
Austin said the extent of the injuries were unknown. By 2 p.m., emergency responders were cleaning up the piles of cement pouring from the overturned truck and directing eastbound traffic into the center turn lane.
Donna Ackerman was inside A1 Custom Upholstery across the street when she heard the accident and ran outside. She said she saw the cement truck strike the Jeep after the smaller vehicle pulled out of the nearby McDonald's restaurant.
Across the road at Dunlap's Professionals, employee Brittany Baker said she saw the truck sliding toward the building before grinding to a stop.
"It was going so fast, I thought it was going to hit more cars or this building," she said.
At 3 p.m., a large tow truck managed to lift the cement truck back onto its tires as hundreds of motorists backed up to the intersection of Highway 190 and Constitution Drive waited in traffic in the westbound lanes.
The names of the injured were not released Friday.
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