CONCORD--Emergency workers freed four people trapped inside a van that was crushed by a concrete truck this morning at the intersection of Zion Church Road and N.C. 49.
Two people were freed quickly and taken to the hospital for treatment, according to the N.C. Highway Patrol. Two others required rescue workers to get the concrete truck lifted off the Honda van that they were riding in.
The wreck occurred at about 8:30 a.m. when a fully-loaded concrete truck traveling north on N.C. 49 tried to turn right onto Zion Church Road and lost control. Troopers said the truck took the turn at too high a speed and overturned, crashing onto a Honda van stopped on Zion Church Road in the left turn lane.
One adult driver and three 13-year-old female passengers were all in the van at the time of the crash, troopers said.
Concord Fire Department also responded to the wreck to help remove those trapped inside the van.
“Due to the unique rescue situation, the first arriving unit made the quick decision to call for specialty equipment to assist with the extrication,” the fire department said in a release. “Two heavy duty wreckers and a crane assisted the fire department personnel with executing the rescue.”
Freeing the two passengers trapped in the van took an hour and 15 minutes, officials said. More than 25 fire department personnel assisted with the rescue operation. The driver, a 44-year-old woman, and the passenger behind her were airlifted to CMC-Main, while the other two passengers were taken via ambulance to CMC-NorthEast.
The driver of the concrete truck was a 43-year-old man from Charlotte. The truck was owned by Blue Dot Readi-Mix, a concrete supplier in the Carolinas, troopers said.
The street, which was covered with liquid and debris from the truck, took significant clean-up after the vehicles were cleared.
Concord Fire, Harrisburg Fire, Concord Police, Cabarrus EMS and the Cabarrus Sheriff’s Office have officers and rescue workers on the scene. The N.C. Highway Patrol is investigating the accident.
The identity of those involved was not released at this time, and the condition of those injured is currently unknown. Troopers said they expected the truck driver to be charged with a traffic violation involving speeding.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.