UPDATE: Big Rig Wreck on GA-140 Cleared

The tractor trailer was hauling garbage when it overturned.

Update: (3:00 p.m.): Detective Candy Worthy of the Canton Police Department says the wreck and debris has been cleared and 140 is back to full operation. There are no further updates on the condition of the driver of the tractor trailer, but authorities are hopeful they will have more infotmation soon.

Update (11:20 a.m.): Canton Police Chief Robert Merchant says that the tractor trailer was traveling southbound on 140 down a hill when the driver lost control at the railroad tracks. When the truck overturned, garbage was spilled on to the highway.

Merchant says the driver has been transported to a hospital, though his injuries do not appear to be life-threatening. The identity of the driver is unknown at this time.

Drivers on westbound 140 are being diverted off the highway at Scott Road. The Canton Police Department is being assisted by the Cherokee County Sheriff's Office at this location. Drivers exiting Interstate 575 at 140 must either get back on 575 or take a left at the exit and go down to Marietta Road.

According to Merchant, it will be an hour or more before the tractor trailer is uprighted and debris is cleared from the highway. A wrecker is on scene now trying to get the tractor trailer upright.

Don't forget to check out Canton-Sixes Patch's real-time traffic map to get up to the minute traffic updates for the area and all of Cherokee County.

Original Story: A tractor trailer hauling trash overturned on GA-140 (Hickory Flat Hwy) at Interstate 575, shutting down 140 Monday morning.

It is not yet known how long it will take to clean up the accident and reopen GA-140, though the Canton Police Department estimates it will take at least an hour.

There is a message board on the highway before the accident alerting drivers to alter their route. Additionally, the Canton Police Department is diverting westbound traffic on to Scott Road.

Stay with Canton-Sixes Patch for updates on this developing story.


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