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Driver in Thursday cement truck rollover that closed part of Highway 69 cited

The driver of a cement truck that overturned and struck an SUV Thursday afternoon was cited for speed and for failure to control his vehicle to avoid a collision, based on the evidence at the scene and witness statements, Prescott Police Lt. Ken Morley said.

Robley Warner, 48, the driver of the truck owned by Asphalt Paving and Supply, told officers he was traveling westbound on State Highway 69, tried to turn right onto Prescott Lakes Parkway and, as he made the turn, the 40,000-pound load shifted and the truck rolled over onto its left side, Morley said.

The cement truck struck a 2001 Chevrolet Tahoe driven by Gamaliel L. Romo, 30, who had been in Prescott visiting family but lives in the Valley. The Tahoe was stopped in the right-turn lane on Prescott Lakes Parkway facing southbound, Morley said. There was another adult passenger, a 7-year-old boy and an 11-year-old girl also in the SUV, but no one was injured, Morley said.

Warner, 48, received a minor injury to his left leg, but he refused medical treatment at the scene, Morley said.

The cement truck spilled diesel fuel into an area covering about 450 feet of State Highway 69, so officers closed the road to traffic for several hours while City of Prescott street crews, Prescott Fire personnel and ADOT personnel cleaned up the fuel spill.

The intersection was reopened to traffic at 5:45 p.m., Morley said.

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