Semi hauling trash rolls near Duncan Bypass

Semi hauling trash rolls near Duncan Bypass

DUNCAN, Okla._Drivers heading to Duncan on Highway 7 Tuesday afternoon were met with a smelly roadblock after a semi rolled over at the Duncan Bypass.

The semi, carrying trash, was heading north on the Duncan Bypass. As it made the turn to head east on Highway 7 just before 11:30 a.m., it rolled over. Police say the driver was going too fast for the turn. The driver of the truck was shaken up and taken to the hospital as a precaution.

"Hopefully the wind will stay down and we won't have a lot blowing off," said Marlow Police Chief Jimmy Williams.

Williams says before crews could even try to move the truck, they had to take the top tarp off so they could start removing trash and make it light enough to get back up.

"As soon as they can get enough off of there, the wreckers will hook up and we will try to upright it without any more damage," explained Chief Williams.

Williams says when rollovers normally occur on Highway 7, it is when eastbound traffic starts going south on the Duncan Bypass. He says he can't even remember if there's been a rollover in that exact spot before. He's just glad that this one wasn't as bad as it could have been.

"If the traffic had been heavier, it may have come into contact with somebody coming off the highway. God forbid you should ever have that, because if it rolls over on to another vehicle you're talking about a whole other situation," said Chief Williams.

In fact, not only was it not a worst case scenario by the semi hitting another car, Williams says while you never want a rollover, it happened at the right time and place.

"We have some options there you bet. We can divert them around there at least and get traffic off of us. Had this been in the morning hour going to work or when people get off, it'd be a much more difficult time to do that," said Williams.

Crews were still working on cleanup efforts at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday.