Garbage truck overturns in busy Augusta shopping area
AUGUSTA, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) - A garbage truck overturned this morning in a crash that hurt one person and closed lanes at a busy intersection.
The wreck was reported just before 7:30 a.m. at Wheeler and Marks Church roads near an O’Charley’s restaurant at the busy Augusta Exchange shopping area.
The Richmond County Sheriff’s Office said the Precision Waste garbage truck was traveling west on Wheeler Road at Marks Church Road, while a car was traveling north on Marks Church.
The driver of the garbage truck ran a red light and struck the car, then overturned, according to deputies.
The driver of the car was taken to Augusta University Medical Center on a complaint, deputies reported.
Around 8 a.m., the damaged car had been loaded onto a tow truck.
The accident closed at least a left-turn lane, according to dispatchers. Drivers reported up to a 15-minute delay getting around the wreck.
A string of accidents
The accident comes on the heels of others that have happened in the past 24 hours:
- Also this morning, a school bus was involved in a crash in front of Butler High School in the 2000 block of Lumpkin Road.
- Just after 10 p.m. Tuesday, Columbia County deputies responded after a pedestrian was struck in front of a Lowe’s on Bobby Jones Expressway in Martinez. An ambulance took the man to a hospital.
- Around 6:40 p.m. Tuesday, a car got wedged between a utility pole and a fence on Deans Bridge Road near Lumpkin Road. One person was sent to a hospital. .
- Around 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, a tractor-trailer carrying frozen goods overturned onto the median on Interstate 20 at the eastbound mile marker 10 in Aiken County. The crash backed up traffic for a few miles, but no injuries were reported.
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