Dump truck bed hits overpass, sprays debris on I-69

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DeKalb County dump truck Interstate 69

The mistakenly raised bed of a moving dump truck struck an overpass over Interstate 69 early Tuesday, spraying debris which then damaged other vehicles on the interstate.

The DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department was called just after 6 a.m. to the southbound lanes of I-69 near milemarker 338, four miles north of the U.S. 6 interchange.

The sheriff’s department said a Volvo dump truck driven by Stan G. Richardson of Fremont was southbound on the interstate and did not know his dump bed was raised. The bed struck the overpass for C.R. 10, the sheriff’s department said.

The dump bed then detached from the dump truck and flipped over onto its top before it eventually came to rest on the west berm.

Debris from the dump bed damaged the fuel system of a passing Volvo semi tractor, which leaked fuel. A southbound Buick LeSabre was struck by falling debris that caused two flat tires, and a Nissan Altima also sustained flat tire and a broken front grill from debris.

Richardson suffered minor bleeding to his head in the crash. No one else was hurt.

The incident caused traffic delays along the interstate.

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