(Photo by Rachel Cox)
KILLEEN (June 13, 2012)--A truck on which a large crane was mounted lost its brakes, veered off the roadway and overturned in a roadside ditch Tuesday morning at U.S. 190 and Fort Hood Road in Killeen leaving the 48-year-old driver trapped.
The man, whom police identified as Michael Davis, suffered serious injuries.
He was trapped around his pelvis, rescuers said.
Davis, who was conscious and alert, was taken by ambulance to Scott & White Hospital, in Temple where he remained in intensive care Wednesday.
Police said Wednesday he’s expected to recover.
Witnesses said the truck carrying the crane was eastbound on the Highway 190 access road after taking the Fort Hood Road exit when it appeared the truck lost its brakes.
One man, Daniel Sweeney, was driving his car at the intersection when the truck and crane veered into a pawnshop parking lot, crossed four lanes of Fort Hood Road, crashed into a guardrail and overturned in the ditch on the east side of the roadway.
Police said it was amazing that no other vehicles were involved.
Northbound traffic on Fort Hood Road was moving at a snail's pace while police directed vehicles around the crash scene.
Several pieces of heavy equipment were sent to the scene to right the truck and clear the intersection, but Smith said she expected traffic in the area to move slowly for several hours.
Traffic was flowing normally by 1 p.m., although the truck remained in the ditch.