Garbage trucks collide on U.S. 601; one overturns
By Shavonne Potts
Two garbage trucks collided early Wednesday morning on U.S. 601, sending both drivers to the hospital with minor injuries.
Reginald Everhart, 32, of Scaley Bark Drive, Salisbury, was driving a 2007 Max Garbage truck with Republic Waste Services, south on U.S. 601 just north of West Ridge Road. Republic Waste Services is based in Winston-Salem.
Everhart failed to reduce his speed and struck the rear of a garbage truck driven by David Carr, according to the Highway Patrol.
Carr, 45, of Depot Street, Rockwell, was driving a 2004 Crane garbage truck with Morrison's Garbage Service. Morrison's is based in Salisbury.
Carr was stopped partially in the roadway picking up trash, said Trooper B.P. Potts of the N.C. Highway Patrol.
Trooper E.B. Perdue investigated the collision, which happened at 3:50 a.m.
Potts said traffic was detoured until the roadway was reopened at 8:29 a.m.
A fuel spill kept cleanup crews at the site until 11:30 a.m.
The truck Carr was driving overturned onto its left side and came to rest in the roadway. A large wrecker was called in to get it back upright, Potts said.
Everhart was charged with failure to reduce speed. The garbage truck he drove had extensive damage.
The men weren't ejected from their trucks, but both were taken to Rowan Regional Medical Center with minor injuries. They were later released.
Contact reporter Shavonne Potts at 704-797-4253.