Violent wreck snarls Gore Boulevard traffic for hours
A horrific accident involving an overturned concrete truck claimed the life of an area woman reportedly on the way to visit her mother in the hospital Wednesday morning.
The intersection of Northwest 38th Street and Gore Boulevard remained closed for hours after the accident in order to remove the Lawton Transit Mix truck from atop Angie Werner's silver Honda, which was flattened under the weight of the massive truck's drum filled with concrete. Police said there were no passengers in the vehicle.
Lawton police officers quickly set up their accident reconstruction gear and began measuring distances and tire marks. The driver of the cement truck, which Lawton police Capt. Craig Akard said was hauling about six cubic yards of mixed concrete, was transported to a local hospital for evaluation and to provide a blood sample to be analyzed for intoxicants, a standard procedure in fatality collisions.
From the preliminary interviews and evidence, Akard said it appeared Werner, 48, was stopped in the left turn bay on 38th Street to head east on Gore. The driver of the truck turned the corner from Gore to turn north on 38th Street when the load shifted and the truck toppled on its side, directly onto Werner's car. The truck did not strike another vehicle.
Most witness accounts agreed with Akard's description of the accident.
Immediately after the accident, emergency workers from the Lawton police and fire departments, Comanche County Emergency Managment and city and hospital employees began making arrangements to lift the concrete truck off the vehicle.
The truck was estimated to weigh about 60,000 pounds with the load inside, and no local wreckers could handle such a load. Akard said police frequently called an Oklahoma City company and learned it happened to have a crane in the Lawton area to assist with the cleanup.