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Driver of 18-wheeler strikes light pole on East Pointe Drive

Monday, October 22, 2012 | 4:58 p.m. CDT; updated 5:08 p.m. CDT, Monday, October 22, 2012
Mark Jenkins, left, Dennis Rohr and Erik Cramner clean up after an accident at the intersection of East Stadium Boulevard and East Pointe Drive on Monday afternoon. Officials are still not sure what caused the accident. The driver, Gene Alexander, was sent to University Hospital.

COLUMBIA — The driver of an 18-wheeler suffered broken ribs and a broken collarbone Monday when his truck crashed into a streetlight pole on East Pointe Drive and landed on its side.

Columbia Fire Department Battalion Chief James Weaver said emergency crews responded shortly after 1 p.m. to find the driver, Gene Alexander, conscious but trapped inside his truck. They got him out of the truck and took him to University Hospital.

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Alexander works for Midwest Block & Brick Inc., which manufactures concrete blocks. President and CEO Patrick Dubbert said Alexander was on his way to make a delivery to Ross Landscaping, down the street from where the accident occurred. He said the truck wasn't overloaded — containing only seven cubes of cinder blocks instead of the usual 10. Each cube can hold up to about 70 cinder blocks, Dubbert said.

Columbia police officers directed traffic as a crew from I-70 Towing & Recovery flipped the truck over. The truck was totaled, and the utility pole was struck to the ground. No other cars were involved in this accident. Officials are still looking into the cause.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.


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