Garbage truck crash closes U.S. 27

April 01, 2004

LANCASTER - A semitrailer pulling a full load of garbage overturned on U.S. 27 here Wednesday, spilling tons of trash and closing the road in both directions for about six hours.

Traffic was diverted through Ky. 52 and Ky. 34, Boone's Creek Road and U.S. 127 and U.S. 150.

David East, deputy director of emergency management for Lancaster and Garrard County, said the truck was southbound on U.S. 27 near Hagen Court when the driver, who was not identified, lost control and overturned at about 3:50 p.m.

The male driver sought treatment on his own for undisclosed injuries. There were no other injuries, East said.

Frequent radio updates on the closure kept the traffic from being too snarled, East said.

"People were aware there was a problem, so the radio did a wonderful job helping us out," he said.

An environmental cleanup crew from the company that owns the truck, Pecco of Nicholasville, picked up the garbage and removed the truck and trailer. The road was opened about 9:30 p.m.


East said the driver told Lancaster Police that a vehicle pulled out in front of him, forcing him to skid, lose control and overturn.

Despite the nature of the spill, East said the smell wasn't as nasty as expected.

"It wasn't too bad," he said. "I didn't notice the smell. I guess we were fortunate the wind was going the other direction."

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