(Forrest City, AR) A garbage truck accident is delaying trash pickup in Forrest City.
The $200, 000 truck was totaled when it got into an accident and flipped Monday about 30-miles south of Forrest City On Highway One.
Forrest City Mayor Larry Bryant says the truck was full and headed to a landfill in Lexa, Arkansas about 40-miles away, “The driver lost control and he flipped. And we’re fortunate that he didn’t get hurt and the other person in the truck didn’t get hurt either.”
The truck was bought last year to empty business dumpsters and since
Forrest City doesn’t have a landfill, it’s driven daily Lexa to get rid of the waste.
Mayor Bryant says it’s part of an agreement mandated by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality, “It’s between the City of Forrest City, St. Francis County, Lee County, Phillips County, to take our garbage there through the East Arkansas Solid Waste District. We’re part of that District and all of our refuge goes there.”
The names of the two employees involved int he crash aren’t being released and Mayor Bryant wouldn’t speculate on charges, “We ran a blood test and all of that and we’re waitng on the results of that to see if, you know, we’re still investigating.”
The accident put Forrest City’s trash collection a week behind, but Mayor Bryant says crews using “pick up” trucks have managed to keep dumpsters from overflowing.
The city has a new side loading truck for residential trash pickup and another front end loader is on the way.
But this expense isn’t how the Mayor wanted to start the new year, “I’m going to rent a truck and that’s going to cost me about nintey one hundred dollars to rent on the front end and close to seven thousand dollars a month until we can get a new truck.”
Mayor Bryant says the sanitation truck the city is renting is expected to arrive Friday morning and crews will work Friday and Saturday to catch up on the garbage collections.