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Crash trash
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Southern Central employees work to clean up trash along Highway 8 on Harrison Ferry Mountain after an 18-wheeler loaded with garbage overturned. - photo by James Clark

A deer is being blamed for trashing up the roadside on Highway 8 atop Harrison Ferry Mountain.

An 18-wheeler loaded with household garbage overturned Thursday morning just past the old Joyce’s Market, spilling the majority of its load on a grassy embankment.

According to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, George Sweeney, 51, of Manchester was driving the truck which belongs to Womack Transportation. Sweeney was reportedly not injured in the crash.

The Highway Patrol says Sweeney was heading toward Spencer and rounding a slight curve when he reportedly saw a deer in the road. Sweeney said he swerved to avoid the deer, then overcorrected.

In overcorrecting, he drove off the right side of the road, went over a stone decorative driveway marker, entered a slight ditch and overturned.

The load of garbage was coming from Southern Central, which spearheaded cleanup efforts. Southern Central sent two skid steers, a large metal trash container, and several employees to the crash site. They had made significant progress by Thursday afternoon and it was hoped all the trash could be removed by Thursday night.