Argo, AL - Tuesday, April 18,2006 - 11am - Argo Volunteer Fire Department was dispatched to an accident at 225 Hawks Bend Lane in the Timber Ridge Subdivision, when rescuers arrived on the scene they found a large concrete truck inside an upscale home.
The driver, 30 year old Jason Washburn, was on the ground several yards from the house. Mr. Washburn landed there after he bailed out of the truck.
Mr. Washburn was said to have been headed down a hill in the subdivision when his concrete truck loaded with 9 yards of concrete, approximately 80,000lbs, lost its brakes. Mr. Washburn made several attempts at getting the truck stopped before he finally decided that he had no other choice but to jump. The truck was headed directly at the house. Luckily nobody was home at the time of the crash.
Argo Volunteer Firefighters immediately called for mutual aid assistance bringing firefighters from the Springville Volunteer Fire Department to the scene. Within minutes emergency crews decided they would need a confined space team to secure the structure while the large vehicle was removed. Crews with the Moody Volunteer Fire Department and the Trussville Volunteer Fire Department were quickly dispatched to the scene as well.
The driver of the concrete truck was seriously injured in the crash. He was transported by ambulance to the University of Alabama Medical Center in Birmingham. It took crews almost 12 hours to finally remove the vehicle from the house. The house was believed to be totally destroyed in the crash.