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After deadly crash, a look at concrete trucks

Posted: 6:26 PM, Oct 27, 2017
Updated: 2017-10-27 23:26:02Z

A deadly crash in La Vista remains under investigation Friday.

Police say 20-year-old Austin Holloway was driving a concrete truck that tipped over while he was making a right hand turn, landing on another car. Phil Hertel and Mike Dearden, both 23 years old, died on impact.

The deadly crash shows how easy it can be to lose control of a concrete truck.

According to rollover prevention training documents from construction supplier Titan America, there are elements to concrete trucks that make driving them more difficult. A fully loaded mixer will have a higher center of gravity, making it top heavy and less stable.

Meanwhile, the rotating drum offsets the center of gravity. Spinning clockwise, the mixture inside clings to the driver's side. The added weight can make it more unstable especially while making right turns. 

The loaded truck that rolled in Wednesday's crash, was making a right turn from Giles onto 120th.

La Vista police say they expect to learn more information on the crash in the next 30 days.