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Norwalk worker unharmed after semi hits bucket truck

Zoe Greszler • Updated Jul 12, 2018 at 11:51 PM

It was a scary day for a city worker Wednesday after a semi hit the bucket truck he was working in, causing extensive damage to the truck, but no injuries.

A Norwalk general services bucket truck was working on traffic light at the intersection of South Old State Road and Akron Road/Woodlawn Avenue. Norwalk police said the work was necessary because a semi hit the light earlier in the day, knocking the cover off and breaking the green light. 

Richard E. Brutsche, 60, of Norwalk, was in the bucket at 3:57 p.m. when another semi driven by Robert E. Rosenbalm, 51, of Tiffin, hit the bucket truck’s boom and bucket. The crash caused the bucket, with Brutsche inside, to be pinned in place against the edge of the semi trailer, police said.

“He was working on (the light) when the semi came up and tried to make turn toward New Horizons Bakery and the top of the trailer of the semi hit the bucket,” Sgt. James Montana said. “It kind of got wedged in there when he stopped and kind of twisted the arm all up.”

Montana said there was extensive damage to the bucket truck. The Norwalk Fire Department had to perform a high-angle rescue, using a ladder on one of the trucks. However, there were no injuries. 

“I don’t know if maybe the semi was moving really slow or what, but had the semi kept going it probably would have tipped the truck over or it could have snapped the arm off the (bucket) truck,” Montana said.

Rosenbalm was charged with failure to maintain an assured clear distance. 

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