HUDSON, Fla. (FOX 13) - It was a recipe for disaster: a full concrete mixer traveling down busy US 19 in Hudson, and a van who didn't see the truck coming and cut it off.
“We couldn’t stop in time at the light at Hudson Ave and the Ssouthbound lane of US-19, and we struck that vehicle in the back," said Richard Rober, the safety and insurance officer with B.E.T.-ER Mix Inc.
This wasn't your typical fender-bender. The impact from the crash created an unfortunate -- and pretty messy -- reaction.
“The redi-mix concrete was not only coming out onto the ground, it came right out on the top of this man's minivan and coated it like syrup over ice cream," Rober said.
For those passing by, it was a sight to see.
“It was right out of a Wile E. Coyote cartoon story: a van covered in cement. Or actually one of those insurance commercials," said Ric Foley, a nearby employee who happened to be in the area at the time of the incident.
However, Rober knew first-hand how difficult it can be to get concrete off places it doesn't belong.
“You couldn’t clean it," he said. "He went over there with some paper towels and were just shaking our head, ‘No, that’s not going to work.’”
So they decided to help out.
“We decided that we were going to bring that truck back to our yard across the street and we were going to wash that entire vehicle off, which we did. We got about 95 percent of it off, and he was very grateful," Rober stated.
While the van was cited and suffered significant damage, no one was hurt in the accident. However, Rober said it could have been much worse. He cautioned other drivers to be careful when changing lanes in front of large trucks as it takes them significantly longer to slow down and stop due to their size.