18-wheeler hauling crushed cars flips over on U.S. 62

Monday, August 7, 2006
Paramedics, firemen and law enforcement personnel raced to the scene of an 18-wheeler roll-over accident in Berryville Tuesday, located alongside U.S. Hwy. 62 in a construction zone. While paramedics examined the driver, firefighters checked for fuel leakage and law enforcement agents worked the scene, staying in contact with dispatchers to notify the truck's owner and request tow service assistance. Anna Mathews / Carroll County News

BERRYVILLE -- An 18-wheeler carrying crushed cars from the Tom Barr recycling center overturned on U.S. Hwy. 62 in Berryville Tuesday.

No injuries were reported in the one-vehicle roll-over accident that happened at 1:35 p.m. near the junction of Hwy. 62 and Hailey Road.

Michael Matlock, 46, of Berryville, was traveling east in the 18-wheeler on Hwy. 62 when he drove onto the shoulder to avoid hitting a vehicle stopped in the highway to make a left turn onto Hailey Road, said Berryville Patrolman Randy Mayfield,

"Matlock drove onto the right shoulder and then into the construction area to avoid a collision," Mayfield said. "Before Matlock could stop, he traveled up a bank and then rolled over on the driver's side of his truck."

He said Matlock climbed out of the passenger side of the cab and was examined at the scene by paramedics but refused treatment.

Mayfield noted that it was lucky that no highway construction crews were working in that area on the roadway widening project.

He also praised the loading job at Tom Barr, saying all the strapped vehicles stayed in place despite the accident.

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