Driver flown to Topeka after cement truck rolls

By The Mercury

A cement truck driver was flown by Life Star helicopter to a Topeka hospital Monday after suffering serious injuries when his truck rolled onto its side in the 6200 block of Anderson Avenue.

Riley County police and emergency officials responded to the accident at about 12:12 p.m.

No other vehicles were involved.

The truck driver, whom police on Tuesday identified as Jerry Bellinder, 50, of Manhattan, was not trapped when police arrived as had originally been feared, Officer Matthew Droge said Monday at the scene.

The Mercury was unable to confirm Bellinder’s condition as of Tuesday morning.

Bellinder was traveling west on Anderson Avenue when the truck ran off the road and then overturned, according to a police incident report.

Riley County EMS and the Manhattan Fire Department also responded.

Westar Energy was called to the scene because the truck damaged a utility pole when it fell onto its side into the north ditch.

Police are still investigating the accident.

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