Trash truck driver cited for dumping

BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) - The driver of a Waste Pro trash truck has been cited after two dumping incidents that left trash all over sections of Highway 170, according to the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

At about 4 p.m. Thursday, deputies responded to several reports from drivers of a trash truck dropping large amounts of garbage on the westbound lanes of Highway 170 from the Broad River bridge to Snake Road.

Deputies were unable to make contact with the truck. An officer with the Sheriff's Office Litter Control officer started an investigation.

The Sheriff's Office Litter Control unit tracked the trash back to a Waste Pro truck that was transporting garbage from St. Helena, according to the sheriff's office. Deputies then worked to identify the truck driver.

At 10 a.m. Friday, deputies identified the driver when another dumping incident occurred on Highway 170 at the Chechessee River bridge. A large amount of trash dispersed onto the highway when the truck's restraining net broke loose and ended up blocking several lanes of traffic, according to the sheriff's office. It took more than three hours to get the trash off the highway.

The 32-year old Waste Pro employee was cited for littering and failure to secure load for the two incidents.

There were no reports of property damage as a result of the dropped debris and the roadway was cleared by workers with Waste Pro, according to the sheriff's office.

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