Driver charged after truck with 80 tons of garbage overturns



SEYMOUR, Conn. (AP) — The driver of a truck carrying roughly 80 tons of garbage faces multiple charges after the truck overturned in Seymour and spilled trash, authorities said.

The accident left southbound Route 8 closed for five hours Saturday afternoon as crews cleaned up. No injuries were reported.

Jose Edwin Vasquez of Waterbury was charged with operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and failure to stay in the proper lane.

Authorities said the driver, hauling garbage from Waterbury to Bridgeport, was traveling south when he couldn’t make a left curve. The vehicle rolled over and blocked all lanes of traffic.

An investigation showed that Vasquez “failed to make necessary corrections” after a February inspection found several violations with the vehicle, authorities said.

It was immediately unclear if the 30-year-old had an attorney. A listed number for him couldn’t be located Sunday.

He was released after posting a $5,000 bond. A June 26 court hearing in Derby Superior Court was set.

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