A 17-year-old juvenile escaped serious injury Saturday afternoon when the dumptruck he was driving flipped and spilled manure over both inbound lanes of New Nashville Highway.
The accident happened at 4 p.m. near the county line and was the result of a blown tire, according to state trooper Rodney Whiles.
“One of his back tires blew and that caused him to veer onto the median and then flip,” said Whiles.
The dumptruck is owned by Keith Albrecht, who lives nearby on Short Mountain Road. The teen, who was wearing a seatbelt, was checked out by ambulance personnel on scene and was not transported to the hospital.
Motorists driving inbound were temporarily diverted into the emergency lane to avoid the manure which was scattered over both lanes. The Highway Department was on the way to clean up the mess, but the family wanted to keep as much manure as possible.
They were on scene very quickly to scoop up the manure from the road and load it into another truck. They also used a skid steer to load the dumptruck onto the back of a trailer and haul it off.
“Normally we’re reluctant to let people tow their own vehicles because they don’t know how to do it properly, but they had the dumptruck loaded in no time,” said Whiles.