Concrete barrier falls off truck on US 183 in Cedar Park

CEDAR PARK, Texas (KXAN) — Southbound lanes of Bell Boulevard (Highway 183) at West Whitestone Boulevard were blocked for several hours due to a truck that lost its load Friday morning. KXAN Investigates learned the company, Rayvi Transport, was operating without a permit.

Cedar Park police say a concrete barrier fell from the 18-wheeler hauling it around 9 a.m. Crews at the scene say the truck was making a turn when the load shifted and spilled onto the street.

Crews were able to clear the debris and reopen the road around noon.

KXAN spoke with the driver Friday night for his explanation about what could have been a deadly situation. He said he has four years of experience and drives a load of concrete a day, if not more, and that the incident was just an accident.

But Cedar Park police did give him a warning Friday for two under-inflated tires and a citation for failing to properly secure the load. An issue KXAN learned has come up in the past. Running the truck’s U.S. Department of Transportation number, KXAN learned there have been two inspection violations within the last year. In June 2016 for failing to secure a load and prevent cargo shifting and in March 2017 for defective lighting devices or reflective material.

Since the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles said Friday’s trip was not permitted, that means there’s no way of knowing if the truck was on the proper route. That’s because with each permit, there is an assigned route to accommodate for the dimensions of a particular load. It’s a violation that could come with a penalty from DPS or local law enforcement.

Despite receiving a citation, the driver told KXAN the concrete was properly chained and said the problem was with the load.

Jimmy Archer, director of the Motor Carrier Division for the Texas DMV said the bottom line is, “They’re responsible for making sure those loads are secure and they’re responsible for making sure they drive safely, and part of that is securing the load.”

Archer said the Texas DMV routes several hundred thousand loads a year and has very few incidents in comparison to that number, saying for the most part the permitting system works.

The DMV has issued Rayvi Transport 13 permits over the last year, the most recent in March.

 

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