On April 11, 2011 Officers from the DeFuniak Springs Police responded to an over turned utility truck on South 2nd Street.
Upon officers arrival the overturned utility truck (Bucket Truck) was found on its right side in the ditch line off the east shoulder of 2nd Street just south of Hillcrest Way. The operator of the said vehicle was also found lying in the ditch line outside of the vehicle conscious and alert.
Investigation revealed that the operator was inside of the bucket extended in an upward position performing maintenance on a service line. For undetermined reason at the time of this release the truck began to travel down 2nd Street passing the intersection of Hillcrest Way, with the operator still inside the bucket trying to lower the extended arm in attempt to regain control of the vehicle. The vehicle continued its travel crossing to the east shoulder then overturning to final rest in the ditch line.
The incident is still under investigation and the name of the operator has not been released at this time. The operator was listed on scene conscious and alert and was transported by Walton County Emergency Medical Staff (EMS) for precautionary reasons and further medical evaluation. The owner of the bucket truck was identified as Bright House Networks.
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Lieutenant Tilman Mears
Special Operations Division Commander