Steep shoulders cause problems for company widening FM 660
By 04/26/2007 00:00:00
ELLIS COUNTY - With all the road construction going on between Ferris and Bristol, some have said an accident was bound to happen and did Tuesday morning, April 24 around 9:50 a.m.
A dump truck belonging to Alvarez Trucking had pulled to the shoulder of the road along South FM 660 and began dumping a load of dirt.
'When he began dumping his load it shifted to one side,' said Mike Stern, superintendent of Gary Construction out of Austin, the construction company widening the shoulder of FM 660.
As the load began to shift, the truck began to roll and within less than a minute was on its side by the time anyone could realize there was a problem.
'The shoulder slope was just too steep for the load and the truck,' said Stern.
Stern explained how dangerous the road from Ferris to Bristol seems to be and this was why they were hired to widen the shoulder.
'We had to close down a bridge yesterday just to shore it up because it was becoming too dangerous to drive on,' Stern said. There was still one more bridge on FM 660 which has the same problem, Stern said.
The driver was unharmed during the accident and no emergency personnel were called to the scene.
The construction company called out a tow truck to pull the vehicle back into the upright position and moved in some front loaders to help empty the truck of its load which had spilled out all over the yards of nearby residents.
The accident happened just past Melanie Lane on South FM 660 about five miles outside of Bristol on the way to Ferris.