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Truck Loaded With Bricks Crushes Small Car

Apr 4, 2005 | An Arkansas couple is lucky to be alive, following an accident on Interstate 430 Friday morning.

Northbound traffic was backed up for miles on the interstate after an 18-wheeler carrying a load of bricks lost control and toppled on top of a small Volvo.

Police say the tractor-trailer smashed the car while trying to negotiate a turn near an exit.

"I was coming down the hill and was switching lanes from the left lane to the right lane, trying to be careful and everything and the load shifted, the load of bricks shifted," commercial driver Colin Gilbert says.

Gilbert is a driver for a Kansas City trucking company. He says the additional weight of the bricks caused the truck to roll right on top of the couple's car, throwing bricks across the highway.

The concrete median stopped the vehicles from moving into oncoming traffic.

Remarkably, the couple in the Volvo walked away with hardly a scratch.

"They were moving about on their own. They were transported as a precaution and for a little clean up that's about it," State Trooper First Class Michael Felcher says.

State police cited Gilbert for driving carelessly and driving with an unsecured load.

"There's plenty of warning ahead before you get to this downgrade with the turns that tell you to slow down and there's also safe speed limits posted," Felcher explains.

Gilbert says he's just thankful no one was seriously hurt, "Thank God it didn't kill two people."

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