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Matt Highway wreck leaves trash truck turned over
Cleanup blocked one lane for hours
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The driver of this truck escaped serious injury after his truck overturned on Matt Highway Monday morning. - photo by Jim Dean

NORTHWEST FORSYTH — Thanksgiving weekend’s college football rivalry games may be over, but a new round of trash talk was sniffed out Monday morning after an accident involving an 18-wheeler in northwestern Forsyth County left a rotten smell in the air.

There were no injuries, but the truck tipped over on its side after an unidentified vehicle reportedly made a left turn immediately in front of it on Hwy. 369.

According to the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Office, the 34-year-old driver from Monroe was forced to swerve to avoid a collision, causing the load to shift and the truck to topple, spilling garbage across both lanes of the well-traveled corridor.

One lane was blocked for 90 minutes, said Doug Rainwater, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

He said accidents involving overturned tractor trailers don’t “happen very often, but it does happen.”

The truck was heading west en route to the Eagle Point Landfill.

Rainwater said Forsyth County Fire Department and emergency medical personnel checked the truck driver for a concussion at the scene, but he was cleared and released.

He added that the driver of the car is unlikely to face any charges. Since no contact was made between the two vehicles, he or she was not required to stop.