Garbage truck overturns, blocks intersection

Garbage truck overturns, blocks intersection (Image 1)

Spence Lane was shutdown after a garbage truck overturned early Monday morning.

The incident happened around 5:45 a.m. where the road intersects with Lebanon Pike, south of downtown Nashville.

The driver of the garbage truck told police he swerved to avoid a car that pulled out in front of him.

The truck left the roadway, struck a fire hydrant and telephone pole and flipped onto its side.

The driver sustained minor injuries including a cut to his forehead.

Numerous power and phone lines were knocked down and draped across Spence Lane and the truck.

NES crews were called to the scene and were able to clear the lines just after 6:30 a.m.

Police reopened one lane just after 7 a.m. although traffic remained backed up to Lebanon Road.

A tow truck removed the damaged garbage truck and the scene was cleared a few hours later.

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