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Salt Truck Overturns on Icy Road

Icy roads are being blamed for a wreck that sent several cars into this ditch and overturned a salt truck.

It was shortly after 8:00 this morning when this salt truck overturned on the shoulder of highway 1295 in Madison County. Witnesses say the driver was trying to avoid hitting cars that were stopped in the roadway after an accident.

"When he saw the car in the road he tried to loop around it, but it was impossible. He lost control of the car and he fell," says Maria Garcia.

Trooper Chris Chenault says the unnamed driver opted to steer the truck onto the shoulder to makes sure he didn't hit the other drivers.

"As the truck approached the hill, the ice took over. He had no choice but to guide it off to the ditchline. I commend the driver for taking the appropriate action and trying not to do property damage or hit the other vehicles. I think he did an excellent job and should be commended," says Trooper Chenault.

After the accident, workers couldn't bring in equipment to remove the truck because it was still too icy, so they resorted to salting the road by hand.

"We came out and walked it and saw it was difficult to walk so we just got five gallon buckets and started salting by hand and slowly led a truck with chains go down," says Paul Travis of the Department of Highways.

We're told the driver of the truck was treated and released at a local hospital and is expected to be ok. In Madison County, Sean Moody WKYT 27 Newsfirst.

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