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Car, cement truck collide in Carlisle Township

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    A mechanic works on keeping concrete from setting after a truck was hit on Route 57, damaging its hydraulic lines. The lines were repaired at the scene and they did get the load of concrete turning again.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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    State troopers investigate the crash scene on Route 57 where a car and a concrete hauler were involved in an accident.

    BRUCE BISHOP / CHRONICLE

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CARLISLE TWP. — A cement truck was disabled after a crash on state Route 57 near Capel Road on Thursday morning.

Carlisle Township Fire Department and Ohio Highway Patrol arrived on the scene, which was on the border of Carlisle and Eaton townships.

Paul Roeder, president of William Dauch Concrete Co., said to the best of his knowledge, a car pulled out in front of the truck traveling south on Route 57, causing the truck’s driver to brake and swerve before hitting the vehicle.

The crash damaged the truck’s hydraulics, meaning the load of concrete could have hardened in the mixer.

The most important thing to do at that moment was to keep the mix wet, Roeder said.

“The goal is to keep it wet. Once it gets hard, you lost it,” he said. “You can’t get it out once it gets hard.”

If the concrete dries in the truck, the entire container would be unusable, costing the company $10,000 to $15,000. To keep it wet, the workers added water and kept the mix moving until it was towed to a nearby plant to be dumped.

Further details on the crash — including the names of the drivers and their conditions — were not available Thursday evening.

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