Two Accidents, One Company

1 decade 11 months 2 weeks ago Tuesday, July 31 2007 Jul 31, 2007 Tuesday, July 31, 2007 4:34:48 PM CDT July 31, 2007 in News

The first happened when a helicopter owned by Triple-s had a rough take-off and a hard landing on Columbia's northwest side around 2 p.m.

The Bell helicopter was taking off from a field near the 2600 block of North Stadium when something went wrong.

"Apparently when the pilot was trying to take off, skipped on the ground, caught a rotor on the ground obviously and it uh, flipped it to where it's currently located," said Captain Zim Schwartze from the Columbia Police Department (CPD).

The pilot of the helicopter walked away from the crash and was later treated for minor cuts and abrasions.

CPD said debris from the crash was found several blocks away and may have caused damage to a residence in the Valley View Gardens subdivision.

Federal Aviation Administration representatives will continue to investigate this crash.

The second accident involved a Triple-s dump truck.

The truck driver was heading west on stadium toward the UM campus.

He swerved to miss a car and had a close encounter with a second car. He dumped the dirt all over the vehicle.

"That truck came swerving though the intersection, uhhhh, looked like it was going to hit us, and then flipped over. I think the driver corrected, flipped himself over, and then all of his dirt, from his truck went in my car," said Ryan Hart.

Hart's vehicle was covered in dirt from the wreck.

Emergency crews took the truck driver to University Hospital. No word on injuries.

KOMU contacted Triple-S Hauling and an employee said company managers were all at the two accidents and did not have any comment at this time.

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