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Hwy. 369 reopens after road striping truck overturns
No serious injuries, but paint spilled near creek
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Authorities work to clean the site of an overturned paint truck Monday at Hwy. 369 and Old Federal Road. - photo by For the Forsyth County News

An overturned road striping truck blocked traffic for a couple of hours Monday in northwest Forsyth as authorities worked to prevent paint from seeping into a nearby creek.

The single-vehicle accident occurred about 1:54 p.m. at Hwy. 369 and Old Federal Road, according to Forsyth County Fire Division Chief Jason Shivers.

“The truck … spilled a good portion of its load, paint and other fluids from the truck,” said Shivers, adding that firefighters worked to contain the spill to “avoid runoff into any streams or nearby waterways.”

Hwy. 369, also known as Matt Highway, was closed in both directions, though some vehicles were periodically waved through in a single lane of traffic, according to Shivers. It reopened about 4 p.m.

It could not be immediately determined what caused the truck to overturn.

The driver was taken to the hospital in stable condition with injuries, Shivers said.

A special wrecker was required at the scene. After the truck was upright, crews were able to stop the leak and the Georgia Department of Transportation assumed the cleanup operation, he said.

Shivers added that the materials were not hazardous to drivers in the area, but could have been damaging to the environment.

He said firefighters used shovels and dug dirt around the vehicle to contain the spill.

Traffic was diverted at Wallace Tatum Road and Seabolt Drive.