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A metal mess: Crews use magnets to clean up scrap metal after truck overturns in downtown Owenton

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By Molly Haines

Local emergency crews spent the early evening hours Friday cleaning up South Main Street after a tractor-trailer overturned that forced traffic to be rerouted for approximately five and a half hours.
The crash took place at approximately 3:35 p.m., in front of Cowboys Market.
Kentucky State Police Post 5 Public Affairs Trooper Brad Arterburn said the driver, 31-year-old George Whitehead of Crittenden, was hauling scrap metal to a factory in Ghent when the load on his trailer shifted after coming around a curve.
“There were several witnesses,” Arterburn said. “Some say he was driving too fast, some say he wasn’t.”
Although no one was injured, Arterburn said two vehicles parked along South Main Street were hit, including one Owen Electric truck.
Arterburn said state police would not be further investigating the crash.
Laura Smoot, owner of Main Street Barber Shop, said she saw the reflection of the truck coming toward her establishment in the shop’s window.
Smoot said she was cutting a little boy’s hair while his mother waited in the customer seating area.
“I heard it. It was just feet away from the shop,” Smoot said. “Basically, we just made sure the little boy was safe. We took him off the chair and to the back of the shop because we didn’t know if there was going to be an explosion or what was going to happen.”
Traffic was rerouted down Ellis Road to East Adair Street while emergency crews worked to clean the mess left behind.
“We had to call in a big wrecker from Glencoe,” Owen County Fire Chief Robb Chaney said. “The state highway department brought down a big magnet and the city brought a sweeper. We had to put oil dry down and get it all swept in. It took a lot of man hours.”
Chaney said he wished to thank everyone who pitched in to help.
“It took a team effort to get it all cleaned up,” Chaney said. “We couldn’t have done it by ourselves.”
 

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