Concrete Truck Flips on Hwy 1 Near Branciforte Closing All Lanes

The accident is blocking all lanes while crews try to right the truck and clean up 30,000 pounds of wet concrete.

Update 3:02 p.m.: All lanes are open again, according to CHP Officer Sarah Jackson. The crash and clean-up lasted almost six hours in total.

Update 2 p.m.: Crews separated the mixer from the truck and were working to haul both away. Trafic all over Santa Cruz is affected by the crash, with backups on all roads leading downtown.

It took 45 minutes to get from Cabrillo College to Dominican Hospital and one Patch commenter's commute from Watsonville to Scotts Valley was nearly two hours. 

The truck turned over on a straight section of road, rather than on curves where it would be more common.

The driver was flown to a trauma center. 


Update 11:56 a.m.: Northbound traffic is backed up at a standstill as far south as Rio Del Mar in Aptos. Soquel Drive is completely clogged with diverted traffic.

To see live traffic, check out our commute map here.

The driver of the truck is a 57-year-old man from Soledad. Jackson said he was being treated for his injuries on scene and that no other vehicles were involved.

Original Report: Traffic was stopped for miles at 9:13 Monday morning after a concrete truck overturned on Highway 1 Northbound between Morrissey Boulevard and the  Branciforte Avenue overpass.

Crews are working on widening the highway and traffic has been slow for weeks.

CHP spokesman Sarah Jackson said that 30,000 pounds of concrete is in the truck, but it would have to be removed in order to turn it back on its wheels.

Traffic will be diverted onto Morrissey and drivers are asked to find alternate routes.

frobert June 26, 2012 at 04:03 PM
Jenifer, I find it hard to believe that the SCPD is the only participating agency for the Nixle alerts. Is your reply just a supposition?
Jennifer Squires June 26, 2012 at 04:13 PM
SCPD and Watsonville police are the two agencies in the county that use Nixle at the point (though, in my opinion, others should get on board -- its a great service and pretty cheap). Although the crash obvious impacted South County residents who were heading north, WPD didn't send an alert. Typically, WPD Nixle alerts have been limited to incidents in Watsonville or just on the outskirts of town (ex: that riot in Pajaro a few weeks ago that impacted traffic on Main Street). It's probably not reasonable for the CHP to adopt Nixle, as it's a state agency and there's probably piles of red tape, but perhaps the Sheriff's Office could and would then be able to send out alerts about these county-wide issues.
Lisa June 27, 2012 at 05:39 AM
I am still very curious as to HOW the truck managed to topple over? Especially on a straight part of the road, as the article mentioned. Was in a vehicle failure? Or was it due to the driver's driving ability?
Brad Kava June 27, 2012 at 06:53 AM
We will keep asking...I talked to a concrete guy who thought it was a tire blow out..but we should find out.
john scanlon June 27, 2012 at 10:38 AM
Ironic the cement truck rolled over round the time of Mr. Woolpert death, both very strange accidents, just a thought.


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