PC Garbage Truck Winds Up in the Dumps

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Heavy downpours and bad driving caused a stink of a mess just down the road at the intersection of 231 and 23rd Street around 10 a.m. Sunday morning.

Panama City police officials say the driver of a city garbage truck was speeding when he took a left-hand turn onto 231. His reckless driving caused him to skid into a culvert.

The driver is ok. He was on his way to the incinerator to drop off a full load of garbage. Although the driver's speeding is to blame in this accident, police officials say the heavy rain didn't help either.

"With the weight of the garbage and water inside I'm sure it made the truck heavier than usual. Besides that I don't think the weather had much to do with it because it hadn't been raining," says Sgt. Bobby Harwell of the Panama City Police Department.

It took three tow trucks and a back home more than six hours to pull the garbage truck out of the culvert. Tow crews had to be extra careful not to break a pipe that drains water from a canal across the street.

The ordeal caused traffic to be backed up sporadically throughout the day. Police officials say it will cost taxpayers around $150,000 to replace this 2002 dump truck.