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Trash truck flips and spills

Friday, March 7, 2008

Interstate-70 westbound on-ramp was temporarily shut down when the load inside an Indianapolis trash truck apparently shifted and caused it to overturn in the median Friday morning. No one was injured. Ivy Jackson Photo.
The Interstate-70 westbound on-ramp was temporarily closed Friday morning to allow officials to remove an overturned Indianapolis trash truck and spilled garbage from the median.

Shortly before 9 a.m., members of the Clay County Sheriff's Department, Posey Township Volunteer Fire Department and the Indiana State Commercial Vehicle Enforcement department were dispatched to the scene.

According to officials at the scene, the unidentified driver of the trash truck left a local fuel center and was attempting to enter the I-70 westbound on-ramp when the full load of trash apparently shifted inside the trailer, causing it to overturn.

Although the vehicle rolled over on the driver's side, the driver was not injured during the accident.

The driver told officials he was to deliver the trash to an undisclosed dump in Vigo County.

Deputy Jon Chadd told The Brazil Times traffic was initially allowed to continue using the on-ramp, but was temporarily stopped when Curtis Wrecking Service arrived to lift and roll the semi back onto its wheels. No damage estimate was available about the vehicle due to the ongoing investigation.

There was minimal fuel and oil leakage from the vehicle during the incident, but officials said it presented no driving hazards because first responders quickly contained it.

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I'm glad to hear the driver wasn't injured but am certain he probably wet himself as the trailer was flipping over. I know I would have. :)

-- Posted by andypflueger on Sun, Mar 9, 2008, at 1:04 PM

I hope the driver was ok. Those trucks are pretty tough. Everyone on the road needs to be aware of these trucks running up and down the road. The drivers are good guys but the company does not deserve the right to be driving up and down indiana roads. I worked there almost a year. They make the drivers run over on hours daily we only have 12 hours to drive and 70 hours a week to legally drive and the company breaks these rules daily. I brough this up to the company owner Kenny drenth and he fired every driver thought was involved in doing something about it. I talked to the indiana DOT about it and they wont do anything about it they also are usually overweight We are legally only allowed to carry 80,000lbs I know of one drive who pulled a load from bloomington to the landfill at 153,000lbs and they do carry loads around 90,000 - 100,000 daily. So watch your selves around these trucks.

-- Posted by joe25 on Tue, Mar 11, 2008, at 7:47 AM

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