Trash truck flips in Amesbury, injuring driver

BRYAN EATON/Staff photoAmesbury firefighters remove the driver of this G. Mello Disposal truck that tipped over Wednesday morning in Amesbury. The driver was taken by ambulance to Portsmouth Regional Hospital.

AMESBURY – A waste disposal worker was seriously injured Wednesday morning when his truck flipped onto its side on Second Street, trapping him in the massive vehicle for nearly half an hour. 

Amesbury Deputy Fire Chief Jim Nolan said the truck may have had a mechanical failure as it was driving down the hilly street near Lake Attitash about 8:30 a.m., causing the driver to lose control. 

Although the unidentified driver of the G. Mello Disposal truck was conscious and talking to firefighters as they cut through the roof of the cab to get him out, he suffered serious injuries, according to Nolan. 

Four medics were in the ambulance that brought him to Portsmouth Regional Hospital, Nolan added. 

"It's very fortunate it wasn't worse, he could have ended up in the lake or a house," he said. 

It took about three hours before the truck was righted and towed away.

Assisting at the crash scene were Merrimac firefighters while a Salisbury team covered the Amesbury fire station. 

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