Traffic was stopped for approximately 30 minutes Aug. 19, on Cummings Valley and Bailey Roads, as workers from Benz Sanitation attempted to recover an overturned sanitation truck.
The truck overturned when making the turn onto Bailey Road from Cummings Valley Road while on its regular route Monday morning and remained on its side until crews were able to right the vehicle shortly after 1 p.m.
According to Paul J. Benz, operations manager for Benz Sanitation, the driver of the truck was uninjured in the crash, but was taken to Tehachapi Hospital as a precaution and then released.
While the exact cause of the accident has yet be determined, according to the Kern County Sheriffs Office, excessive speed is not believed to be a factor. The officials also said preliminary findings, including witness statements, point to high winds overturning the high-profile vehicle.
During attempts to right the truck, a cable failed, causing one of the assisting tow trucks to overturn, as well; however, damage to the tow truck was minimal and no one was injured.
According Paul Benz Sr., the sanitation truck, which at the time was carrying a load consisting primarily of horse manure and mixed rubbish, is most likely a total loss; it was valued at approximately $230,000.
In addition to recovering the vehicle, Benz Sanitation also made sure any soil that may have possibly been contaminated by fluids leaking from the truck or its load was removed and properly disposed.