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Cement truck overturns, makes State Road mess
A Goodale Construction Company Plant cement truck driven by Jeremy Goodale overturned on State Road Sunday afternoon about 2:30 pm. The accident resulted in road closures on Edgartown-Vineyard Haven Road and State Road, Camp Street, Causeway Road, and South Main Street for four hours as state and Tisbury department of public work (DPW) crews contained and cleaned up slurry spilled from the truck's ruptured water tank, and several heavy equipment operators righted and removed the truck.
An overturned cement truck from Goodale Construction Company rested on its side on State Road Sunday as emergency medical technicians, at right, stood by to help driver Jeremy Goodale onto a stretcher. Photo by Ralph Stewart Photos by Max Bossman
Tisbury emergency medical technicians strapped Mr. Goodale to a backboard for safety and transported him to Martha's Vineyard Hospital where he was examined, found to have no injuries, and released that day. Mr. Goodale said he was wearing his seat belt, and sustained only bruises. He returned to his job as company president on Monday.
"I want to thank everyone who helped me," Mr. Goodale said in a phone call yesterday.
Tisbury fire chief John Schilling said the cement truck carried a full load of about 50,000 pounds of gravel and sand, which remained dry and contained in the drum after the accident even though the separate water tank ruptured.
Tisbury firefighters and emergency medical technicians wheel driver Jeremy Goodale to a waiting ambulance after using the "Jaws of Life" to remove him from the cement truck's cab. Mr. Goodale, who was wearing his seat belt, suffered only bruises.
The state DPW contracted Andrew Farrissey of Oak Bluffs, who specializes in handling hazardous materials, for cleanup assistance. R. M. Packer Company provided special absorbent to help contain the runoff.
"In very typical Martha's Vineyard fashion, people heard about the accident and came from all over the Island offering their expertise to assist," said Chief Schilling, including heavy equipment operators from Goodale's Construction, Offshore Engineering, Watercourse Construction, John Keene Excavation and White Bros.-Lynch Corporation. Their combined workforce managed to right the cement truck on the first attempt and drag it onto a lowboy trailer for removal.
Chief Cashin commended Tisbury police officer Daniel Hanavan, Sgt. Rodney Silvia, and Tisbury's fire department for their professionalism at the accident scene. Chief Schilling added his thanks to Oak Bluffs for providing mutual aid.