Story last updated at 4:37 p.m. Thursday, June 13, 2002

Truck tips over with heavy load
A load of boulders made it all the way from Anchorage to Homer safely, but when truck driver John Freie tried to dump the rocks out of his "side dump" truck, it was the truck that fell on the ground, not the rocks.

Freie said he was dumping the boulders in a lot across from Scrugg's Automotive around 1:30 p.m. Thursday when the truck started to tip. He was not injured in the accident, and was able to climb up on top of the truck out of the passenger-side door.

Homer Volunteer Fire Department members responded, helped Freie down from the truck and used absorbent pads to soak up the minimal amounts of fuel which dripped out of the side-turned vehicle. Others on scene said they did not think the vehicle was substantially damaged by the fall.

The rocks were destined for the Marine Center construction site on the Sterling Highway across from Petro Express Texaco.

Freie said he had never seen a truck fall like that before.

"It just tipped right over," he said.


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