Friday, April 1, 2011

Crop duster clips propane tank near Newman, California

This propane truck carrying 2,100 gallons of fuel was clipped by a crop duster near Newman, CA, on Friday, April 1, 2011.
Patty Guerra -

This crop-dusting plane clipped a propane truck and crashed-landed into a field near Newman, CA, on Friday, April 1, 2011.
Patty Guerra -

A place crashed in a field near Newman after clipping a propane truck on Friday, April 1, 2011.
Patty Guerra -

NEWMAN -- A crop duster pilot suffered cuts and bruises this morning after his plane clipped a propane tank and crashed at an air-landing strip north of Newman.

The truck suffered little damage and there was no fuel leak following the accident, which occurred at about 10:20 a.m., authorities said.

The driver of the truck, Damion Beveridge, said he was driving north on River Road when he felt his truck get hit by something.

He looked out of his left window and saw the plane's landing gear fall to the ground. He quickly stopped his truck to check the damage. He then went out to the airstrip to check on the pilot.

Emergency crews got there shortly after, worked on the pilot and took him to a hospital, where he was treated for facial injuries.

It's not known at this point why the plane was flying low enough to make contact with the truck, although Beveridge said the plane had flown beneath the power lines on River Road.

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