Dump truck careens into parked cars off SW 16th

Three cars at an apartment complex were significantly damaged.

Nabanita Mukherjee looks out from the front door of her apartment at Sun Island on SW 16th Avenue after a dump truck overturned on her new car, at bottom, Wednesday, September 30, 2009. Mukherjee said she purchased the 2005 Toyota Corolla in May and that it was her first car. According to officials at the scene the driver may of had a medical problem.

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Published: Thursday, October 1, 2009 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 9:53 p.m.

Gainesville police said two people were taken to area hospitals with non-life-threatening injuries after a loaded dump truck careened into cars parked at an apartment complex at midday Wednesday.

Lt. Pete Backhaus said the crash was reported at 12:48 p.m. in the 1000 block of Southwest 16th Avenue outside Sun Island Apartments on the south side of the four-lane roadway.

Witnesses at the scene told police the driver of the eastbound truck appeared to slump over the wheel and that the truck then veered to the right, crashing through a sidewalk railing and into the apartment parking lot, then tipping onto its side and spilling its load.

Three cars were significantly damaged in the crash.

Backhaus said the truck driver and one other person were taken from the scene by ambulance.

The names of the truck driver and others involved were not immediately available.

Eastbound traffic was reduced from two lanes to one for several hours after the crash.

In addition to clearing the debris spilled by the truck, utility crews needed time to restore electrical service to the area because the truck apparently had clipped at least one power line.

An investigation into the cause of the crash was continuing Wednesday evening.

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