Iowa - Cement truck accident causes gridlock in downtown D.M.

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    A cement truck that overturned with a load of cement in its mixer caused a gridlock at Second and Grand avenues in downtown Des Moines at 10 this morning.

    The truck, which apparently was going too fast when it tried to turn from Grand Avenue to Second Avenue, turned over on its side and blocked traffic on one of the few arterial routes to the westbound freeway out of downtown.

    Other witnesses said the Cedar Valley Corporation truck didn't appear to be turning too fast. Police said its possible that the concrete shift contributed to the truck tipping over

    Workers were having to unload the wet cement from the truck's mixer a shovelful at a time before a tow truck from Hanifen Towing Service could pull the truck upright.

    The concrete was being piled in the west lane of Second Avenue, which also was blocking traffic.

    Police at the scene said the truck driver, who was being loaded onto a stretcher by paramedics, was alert and talking but complaining of back pain.

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