Tuesday, June 15, 2010
U.S. trade rep Kirk hurt as loose ladder comes through windshield on I-30
12:00 AM CDT on Thursday, June 3, 2010
By SCOTT GOLDSTEIN / The Dallas Morning News
Former Dallas Mayor Ron Kirk said he is lucky to be OK after a freak accident sent a metal ladder through his car windshield Wednesday morning.
Kirk, the U.S. trade representative, was driving west on Interstate 30 near Belt Line Road at 11:20 a.m. when he saw the ladder fly from under a tractor-trailer and bounce off a median.
The ladder cut his left biceps as it came into his car.
"It was very scary," Kirk said by phone Wednesday evening. "I could not be more blessed to be here. ... Six inches to the right, six inches above, it's a very different story."
Kirk was released from Methodist Dallas Medical Center after receiving stitches. He said he did not suffer nerve or bone damage.
A passenger in the car was not injured, Grand Prairie police said.
Police said the ladder apparently fell off a vehicle a few minutes before Kirk drove through the area. The tractor-trailer traveling ahead of Kirk "struck the ladder, causing it to fly into the air and come down through the windshield," traffic Sgt. Eric Hansen said in a written statement.
Officers were already en route in response to a report of a ladder on the freeway when the accident occurred, Hansen said. The tractor-trailer driver did not stop.
Staff Report - Published: June 6, 2010
Gerald Catterall, 57, of West Rutland, was driving the truck, which is owned by G. Bowen Excavating, police said.
According to a press release, the truck was going south on Interstate 89 carrying crushed cars. A brake rotor came loose from one of the crushed vehicles and went through the windshield of a 2007 Lexus sports utility vehicle being driven by Genevieve Trono, 25, of Richmond.
Trono was not injured, but her sister, Juliana Folino, 21, of Bristol, a passenger in the SUV, suffered lacerations and bruises on her right arm.
Folino was treated at the scene by the Williston Fire Department and St. Michael's Rescue Squad and then taken to Fletcher Allen Health Care in Burlington.
Police said Catterall was stopped at Exit 11 in Richmond by a Department of Motor Vehicles inspector.
According to police, the G. Bowen Excavating company was under suspension at the time of this incident.
Citations were issued to the operator and the company for operating under suspension, and driving with an improperly secured load and an uninspected trailer.