VINTON — A dump truck carrying a load of asphalt tipped over on State Route 160 and killed the driver after the vehicle left the right side of the road Monday afternoon.
According to troopers from the Gallia-Meigs post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, calls started rolling in around 2:30 p.m. about a wrecked dump truck on State Route 160 approximately one mile north of Vinton Baptist Church.
“What we’ve got right now is an extended cleanup right now,” said Sgt. Delmer Hurd. “We’ve had asphalt that was spilled and power lines down all over. That’s why we hadn’t moved the truck (immediately) out of there yet. First thing we know is that (the driver) hit a guard rail while going northbound on 160. He hits the guard rail and goes off the (right side) of the road where he overturns, basically, and slides into a tree. One fatal, the occupant, and no one else in there.”
The identity of the victim was not released at press time pending notification of family.
No other people were injured in the accident. The reason why the driver left the roadside has yet to be determined, police said, as troopers are still investigating the incident.
American Electric Power has been notified and at work to fix safety issues involving snapped power lines and damaged power poles. Troopers and Ohio Department of Transportation workers blocked State Route 160 between Thompson Road and Vinton Baptist Church until midnight the day of the incident.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.