Child Sends Truck Through Block Fence


The Heber Overgaard Transfer Station sustained damage to the perimeter block fence early this week when a truck unloading trash was put into motion by a child in the cab.

The Heber Overgaard Transfer Station sustained damage to the perimeter block fence early this week when a truck unloading trash was put into motion by a child in the cab.

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Many of the Mogollon Rim roads are now open since the snowmelt has disappeared and the road beds are now dry. This picture was taken at Deer Springs Lookout on the Mogollon Rim, halfway between Overgaard and Clay Springs.

We have seen a real change in the weather, with temperatures reaching into the 70s at times.

The runoff has completely ceased in the canyons nearby, with a few exceptions.

The pollen count is high and the juniper with its mustard-colored blooming is causing a bit of discontent among some with allergies to it. Many of the dormant plants and shrubs have begun to sprout and produce the early signs of flora.

Early this week a citizen was backed into the Heber Overgaard Transfer Station and placed their truck into the park position while unloading their trash. A 2-year-old child was in the cab while the unloading of trash was occurring and placed the truck gearshift into the drive position.

The truck became mobile and careened down the sloping parking area to the cinder block fence and broke through the fence which brought the truck to a stop.

The Heber-Overgaard Fire Department was summoned and dispatched a unit to the Heber Overgaard Transfer Station. The 2-year-old was checked for injuries by the Heber-Overgaard Fire Department responders and the child was found to be OK.

The truck showed very little damage due to a brush guard which was installed on the front bumper and took most of the impact. The Transfer Station attendant said the damage to the fence will not take much to repair and said that they were glad to see no one was hurt. Repairs have already begun and expect to be completed very shortly.

Forest Service roads have begun to open as the areas have dried out from the winter snowmelt. Some creek road crossings continue to have some standing water. The Forest Service has cleared the many wind-toppled trees that were barricading the roads.

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