Two waste disposal workers were injured, one seriously, when their garbage truck flipped upside down during a pickup route Monday morning.
The garbage truck, northbound on Farm Road 51, tried to take the turn too fast onto Texas 114 East according to Department of Public Safety Trooper William Cooper.
“It came around the curve too fast and just rolled,” Cooper said. “She locked up her brakes and rolled it.”
The truck came to rest upside down on the Texas 114 East on-ramp, spilling its cargo and injuring two people inside the cab. The wreck occurred at 8:40 a.m.
The driver, Joan L. Hatten, 46, of Weatherford, suffered serious injuries. She was flown from the scene to John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth. The cab crumpled all around her and a passenger, Monterrea B. Finley, 32, of Fort Worth. Finley was transported by ground ambulance to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur for non-life threatening injuries.
The pair had been running an early morning trash pickup route in the Briar area for Midwest Waste Services. No other vehicles were involved in the crash.
The on-ramp from Farm Road 51 North to Texas 114 East was closed for a couple of hours as emergency responders righted the upside-down truck and cleared the mess. All manner of trash, from empty dog food bags to crushed cans of pop, littered the roadway as pieces of junk mail skirted along in the breeze.
A pungent odor clung in the humid morning air as members of Boyd Volunteer Fire Department, Wise County Medics, Department of Public Safety, Texas Department of Transportation, Wise County Sheriff’s Office and Air Evac Lifeteam dealt with the accident.