Man survives semi rollover crash in Calera

By: Victoria Maranan Email
By: Victoria Maranan Email

CALERA, OK -A Colbert man was only seconds from hitting a rolled-over semi truck in Calera Thursday and he said if it wasn't for his quick thinking, he wouldn't be so lucky.

It was a close call for Dane Brosowsky, who was driving home to Colbert Thursday afternoon when all of a sudden, a rolled-over semi truck skidded across Highway 69/75, hitting him and another van.

"I put the brakes on, slammed the brakes on, tried to veer to the left, I was hoping I was gonna miss him but the tail of the trailer got me," he said.

Brosowsky was driving south on Highway 69/75 in Calera Thursday afternoon when he saw a semi truck on its side, sliding across the highway in front of him. Despite his attempts to avoid it, the big rig hit Brosowsky's van.

"I sat there for a little bit to make sure. There was glass all over me. I looked to make sure I don't have glass stuck in me, it just scared me," he said.

Brosowsky's van was totalled but he walked away from the wreck unhurt. He said he knows he's lucky to be alive.

"I thought I was gonna be had when I seen it laying down as it did. I thought I was had," I said.

Just before 3:00 p.m., police said the driver of the semi truck lost control as he was headed north on the highway. The truck then hit a van going in the same direction but still couldn't stop.

"It travelled into the southbound 75 lane where a driver of another silver van travelling in the slow lane on this end was aware of him coming at him, swerved to miss him and they still clipped each other."

Calera Police Chief, Don Hyde said as the truck was skidding to a stop, it crashed into a power pole and spilled 35,000 pounds of tomatoes onto the shoulder of the road. Officers are investigating how the semi truck driver lost control.

Hyde said, while all three vehicles involved were heavily damaged, it's a miracle no one was hurt.

"The driver of the semi and the drivers of the two vans and the passenger of the other van, everyone's ok. No injuries, very very fortunate day," he said.

"People need to be safe, they need to watch out cause you never know," said Brosowsky.

Chief Hyde said it took crews over four hours to clean up the several thousand pounds of tomatoes. Both lanes of Highway 69/75 are now back open.


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