Out of control cement truck falls 100 feet into gorge

Toquerville — An unsecured cement pumping truck launched off an estimated 100-foot-high cliff at a construction site on South Peachtree Drive Friday afternoon. The vehicle landed in the gorge of Ash Creek and was severely damaged.

A cement mixing truck rolled off an estimated 100 foot high cliff and crashed into the bottom of a gorge in Toquerville, Utah April 22, 2016 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News
A truck rolled off an estimated 100 foot high cliff and crashed into the bottom of a gorge in Toquerville, Utah April 22, 2016 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News

Josh Langston was helping his friend at the construction site when the incident began and said the operator of the truck was outside of the vehicle when it began to roll. The driver attempted to jump back into the truck to stop it and consequently was dragged for a distance of approximately 50 – 75 feet.

“It looked like he was going to get pulled under the truck,” Langston said. “He crashed through this tree up here. My buddy Justin and I were right here. We started running towards him, I don’t know what we were going to do. Once he was within, I don’t know, 50 feet, 40 feet of the cliff, Justin was just like ‘let go’ because he was still trying to get into that truck to stop it, and by that point it was going 20 miles an hour, maybe 30 miles an hour.”

The driver did finally let go and despite being dragged through several bushes appeared to be uninjured, Langston said, adding they watched the truck go airborne off the side of the cliff before it disappeared out of sight to crash loudly in the gorge below.

“It’s one of the craziest things I’ve ever seen for sure,” Langston said.

The vehicle came to rest at the bottom of the gorge, with debris scattered all around it.

Tracks showing where the out of control cement mixing truck went over an estimated 100 foot high cliff and crashed into the gorge of Ash Creek in Toquerville, Utah, April 22, 2016 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News
Tracks showing where the out of control truck went over an estimated 100 foot high cliff and crashed into the gorge of Ash Creek in Toquerville, Utah, April 22, 2016 | Photo by Don Gilman, St. George News

Chief Deputy Shauna Jones with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office issued a news release on the incident that states:

A concrete truck was unoccupied, and apparently not sufficiently secured, when it rolled off an embankment at a job site near S. Peachtree Drive & W. Lake Lane, Toquerville.  I have unconfirmed information that it rolled about 100 feet.  I do not have many details, but it appears that the hazardous material concern is from engine fluids that routinely leak from a damaged vehicle into a river, not concern from the contents of the truck leaking into the river.  Hurricane fire and Hildale fire are working on containment. UHP’s commercial inspection team was requested, no other details are known at this time.

The scent of diesel fuel was pervasive on the scene, and emergency responders were placing fuel-absorbing materials in Ash Creek to try and contain the spill.

This report is based on preliminary information provided by law enforcement or other emergency responders and may not contain the full scope of findings.

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10 Comments

  • jimmyjamesIII April 22, 2016 at 7:27 pm

    I could be wrong, but that looks like a concrete pump truck, not a mix truck. These is no evidence of a drum in the pictures, but I can see tubing and it looks like the company only does pumping and form work, not actual concrete transportation.

  • .... April 22, 2016 at 7:49 pm

    I sure do feel sorry for him if any turtles were hurt ! because if he thinks he had a bad day. you ain’t seen nothing until you get the turtle people mad

    • RealMcCoy April 23, 2016 at 12:07 pm

      Mark this day on the calendar- I’m actually going to agree with you. Lord help this guy if he crushed a tortoise.
      #TortoiseLivesMatterMoreThanaCookedBaby
      I didn’t see them mention a citation for rolling off the cliff, either. What is this world coming to?!

      • Jimmym April 23, 2016 at 3:23 pm

        Haha… Well said!

      • .... April 23, 2016 at 11:38 pm

        I don’t care what you think

        • RealMcCoy April 25, 2016 at 10:31 am

          Oh, you care. You know you care. Everyone knows you care. You check comments all day long to see what I’ve said, and respond to them.
          Face it- my comments make your day, dotboy, and denying that only reinforces the fact.
          I’ll even ‘LOL’ for you… hahaha

  • ishmot2 April 23, 2016 at 6:34 am

    For one, it’s not a cement mixing truck, it’s a concert pump truck. How many pictures do you need to post of the same thing? absorbing the material it left is like picking pepper out of ant … it doesn’t do anything but watse people’s time. Glad noone was hurt, and sorry for your loss … Bang!
    Ed. ellipses.

    • .... April 23, 2016 at 9:20 am

      Ha Ha you got edited !!!

    • ladybugavenger April 24, 2016 at 1:39 am

      What’s a concert pump truck? haha and were you edited for saying ant hill?

      • .... April 24, 2016 at 12:21 pm

        Hey its not polite to say ant hill on a public forum such as this ! LOL !

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