A garbage truck rollover that gouged a portion of Route 66 in Portland Wednesday morning was caused by the truck driver falling asleep, police said.
At 8:03 a.m. on Wednesday an All Waste garbage truck was driving on Route 66 in Portland near the Nicholas Bus Co. property when the driver fell asleep, police said.
The truck began to drift to the right, and a passenger sitting in the cab grabbed the wheel and yelled. The driver then awoke and tried to pull the wheel to correct the drift, only to cause it to topple onto its side, police said.
The slide along Route 66 gouged a nearly 10-foot trench into the roadway.
Neither the driver nor the passenger was injured in the wreck.
The garbage and detritus from the truck did not spill, police said. However, hydraulic fluid spilled and needed to be cleaned up.
The Department of Transportation has said they would repair the portion of the road that was damaged, police said.