Garbage truck wreck injures two, shuts down ramp

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A garbage truck northbound on Farm Road 51 tried to take too a turn too fast onto Texas 114 East Monday morning. It wound up spilling refuse, injuring two and shutting down part of the road. The driver locked the brakes, rolled and came to a rest upside down on the ramp. The wreck occurred at 8:40 this morning, and the on-ramp from 51 North to 114 East is expected to be closed until at least 11:30 a.m. as emergency responders try to clear the mess. Drivers northbound on FM 51 needing to turn east onto Texas 114 should turn right onto County Road 4599 and follow it until it runs into Texas 114. The driver of the truck, which is owned by Midwest Allied Services, suffered serious injuries in the wreck. Joan L. Hatten, 46, of Weatherford, was flown from the scene to JPS Hospital in Fort Worth. The cab was crumpled in all around her after rolling. A passenger in the cab, Monterrea B. Finley, 32, was transported by ground to Wise Regional Health System in Decatur for non-life-threatening injuries. The pair had been running an early morning trash pick-up route in the Briar area.

Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

Messenger photo by Jimmy Alford

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