Tanker rolls over on Hawley Road

May 21, 2014

hawley_road_crash_custer_fire_dept_oomen_bros_4hawley_road_crash_custer_fire_dept_oomen_bros_3hawley_road_crash_custer_fire_dept_oomen_bros_1By Rob Alway. Editor-in-Chief. 

EDEN TWP. — A tanker truck carrying hog silage rolled over onto its side on Hawley Road this afternoon. The rollover took place on the curves west of Custer Road. The truck was driven by a 76-year-old Hart man.

Bystanders on the scene said the driver works for Oomen Brothers Farms of Hart. He, along with other semi-drivers were hauling the silage from a pig farm off of South Custer Road to a field near west Washington Road near Pere Marquette Highway. A bystander, who works with the driver, said the roundtrip normally takes him about an hour.

hawley_road_crash_custer_fire_dept_oomen_bros_2Custer and Scottville fire departments were called to the scene along with Mason County Sheriff’s Office and Life EMS ambulance. Rescue personnel were using electric tools to extricate the man from the semi. They said his leg appeared pinned in the vehicle and they needed to use a saw to cut the back end of the semi-tractor open. As of posting, 2:40 p.m., he was still in the vehicle. The crash occurred about 1:20 p.m.

Personnel on scene said injuries appeared to be non-life threatening but he would be transported to Spectrum Health Ludington Hospital.

The driver’s son, who also works for Oomen Brothers, said his dad enjoys driving the truck.

Sheriff deputies on scene had not yet determined what caused the crash. No other vehicles were involved.