Cement truck topples over in W’burg, bystander scoops cement into pothole

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MAKING THE BEST OF IT: Copper Scrap Inc. employee Peng Chin scoops up spilled cement from the crash scene, which happened to be in his employer’s driveway.
BEACHED: The driver of this truck injured his back in the crash, and it took two and a half hours before a tow crew righted the bulky vehicle.
THERE’S AN IDEA: Peng Chin fills a pothole in front of his shop with the spilled cement. The finish may not be smooth, but it’ll get the job done.
THE ALMOST-FINISHED PRODUCT: We wonder what it will look like when it dries.

A cement truck driver injured his back on Tuesday morning when the loaded truck he was driving tipped over, spilling wet cement all over Varick Street in Williamsburg, cement company and Fire Department officials said.

The crash occurred at 11:45 am as the driver of the American Transit Mix Corp was maneuvering between Ten Eyck Street and Metropolitan Avenue, according to the FDNY.

Emergency medical personnel transported the man to Elmhurst Hospital Center, fire officials said.

Meanwhile, workers at neighboring Copper Scrap Inc. set to shoveling the sea of cement out of their driveway.

Figuring he would make the best of the mess, Copper Scrap employee Peng Chin scooped some of the cement into a pothole on Varick Street.

A tow company righted the cement truck around 2:15 pm, according to fire officials.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260–2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Ted from Nancyville says:
The unions are going to be furious that this guy filled the pot holes that they planned to maybe fill 7 or 8 months from now over the course of a month long period filled with many long lunches and cigarette breaks and for 10x min wage.
March 18, 2015, 2:23 pm
Nancy from Tedville says:
The unions are going to be so happy that private enterprise is finally showing it can tackle public problems, instead of overcharging for contract work.
March 18, 2015, 3:55 pm
Schmedville from Ted L Nancyville says:
March 19, 2015, 4:59 am
raul herrera from queens village says:
CONCRETE!!!! not cement... CONCRETE!!!!!
March 19, 2015, 9:42 am
BB from Williamsburg says:
Maybe if all the cement trucks in Brooklyn didn't race around like they're in a damn video game this wouldn't happen.
March 20, 2015, 12:18 am

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