Truck jumps curb, dangles from tree

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 | 4:00 p.m. CST

CRESTWOOD — The driver of a street sweeper truck is recovering after a bizarre accident in St. Louis County left him dangling from a tree on a bluff over Interstate 44 for about an hour.

The accident happened around 3:45 a.m. Wednesday when the man was cleaning the Sam's Club parking lot in Crestwood. The driver told authorities that the accelerator stuck and the truck raced out of control, jumping a curb and guardrail and landing sideways in a tree, some 20 feet above an entrance ramp onto the interstate.

Mehlville firefighters helped stabilize the truck with cables while rescuers got the man out. He was taken to a hospital with leg pain but apparently escaped serious injury. His name was not released.

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