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Garbage truck crashes down embankment

Published: Mar. 9, 2022 at 8:14 PM EST
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MILTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) - A garbage truck crashed down an embankment and landed on its top in Milton Wednesday afternoon.

It happened around 1:30 pm on East Mud River Road.

West Virginia State Police at the scene say the two men in the Republic Services truck were banged up and taken to the hospital, but their injuries were not life threatening.

The truck crashed into a power pole and an outbuilding.

According to a trooper, the driver said the truck’s wheels went off the side of the road and into mud, and the weight of the truck was too heavy to be able to get back onto the pavement.

A power pole that was snapped and caused an outage has been replaced.

Rick Crawford and his wife Tena own the property where the truck crashed. They suspect the rough shape the road is in played a role in causing the crash.

“There’s not much of a berm to the road now with the winter and weather and all the rain,” Rick said. “The sides have gone. There are a lot of slips, a lot of break-offs on the road. That’s probably what happened here. He probably hit a slip and dropped off the road. The road is in pretty bad shape.”

Tena says it’s a relief nobody was standing in the spot where the truck landed.

“We were going to go have to pick up limbs and stuff out of the yard, and if we’d been doing that, it would’ve landed on us,” she said.

Crews were still working to remove the truck, which was full of trash, as of 10:20 Wednesday night.

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