Dump Truck in Awkward Position

Truck driver Freddie Mitchell delivered a load of dirt to an interstate construction site and left with an empty dump truck near Talcottville, Connecticut. He entered the highway without realizing his dump body was still in the upright position. The truck soon struck an overhead sign. The sign didn't budge, the dump body was caught, and the truck cab lifted 20 feet into the air!
Mitchell remained there until Vernon firefighters, using a ladder-tower truck, rescued him about 10:20 a.m. Mitchell was not injured, authorities said, but was taken to Hartford Hospital to be checked.

"He was fairly calm," said Vernon fire Lt. Michael Levasseur, who helped rescue Mitchell. "He had the presence of mind to do what we were telling him and to stay still till we got him out of there."

http://www.courant.com/news/local/hc-truckrescue0305.artmar05,0,731492.story -via Unique Daily

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These types of incidents always make me wonder who ends up paying for the damages in the end. I suppose the driver's car insurance does....and then they up his pay...


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@ Johhny Cat - There are buzzers and flashing lights (depending on the model) that let you know that the bed is rasied.
Sometimes they break, sometimes it is just simple forgetfullness, because you get used to the light or buzzer and forget about it.
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