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Cement truck crash sends driver to hospital

A towing and recovery specialist inspects the rigging to be sure that everything is secure as a cement truck it righted, following a crash Tuesday on South Grove Street.

JENNA-LEY HARRISON
Staff Writer

A cement truck overturned in Lincolnton on Tuesday afternoon, sending the driver to a Gaston County hospital.
According to Trooper Kevin Hall with the North Carolina State Highway Patrol, Emergency Medical Services rushed the driver of the truck, Charles Meeks, 56, of Dallas, to Gaston Memorial Hospital in Gastonia for injuries sustained in the wreck.
Meeks was traveling south on South Grove Street Extension in Lincolnton, just past Betty G. Ross Park, when his vehicle traveled off the right side of the road around noon, Hall said.
The driver overcorrected, lost control of the vehicle and overturned on the right side of the roadway, according to troopers, who do not believe speed contributed to the incident.
Crews from Lincolnton Fire Department helped to extract Meeks from the truck. He was in stable condition and appeared to have non-life-threatening injuries following the incident, Hall said.
Bystander Jeff Crouse told the Times-News he was on his lunch break when he heard the crash.
“I was working and heard a loud boom,” he said.
Tracee Ford and her son Tristan Kelly, who live nearby, heard the excitement outside and rushed to the driver as soon as they spotted the frightful scene from their window.
“It shook the whole house,” Tristan said.
Tracee said tractor-trailers come through the area quite a bit, and at first, she “didn’t think anything” of the noise.
Lincoln County Sheriff’s deputies also responded to the scene.

Image courtesy of Ray Gora / LTN

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