Photo Update – Trash Truck Accident Snarls Route 7 Traffic

Loudoun County fire and rescue on scene with an accident near the intersection of Route 7 and Yellow Schoolhouse Road Friday morning - Photo Michael Dowling

Crews have cleared the scene of a single vehicle crash involving a trash truck that caused significant delays Friday for morning commuters on Route 7 in the area of Yellow Schoolhouse Road.

The crash occurred around 7:30 a.m. when a 2008 trash truck was westbound in the left lane of Route 7. For unknown reasons the vehicle left the roadway and turned onto its side in the median. The driver of the truck, James R. Ashby, 56, of Winchester, VA, was taken to INOVA Fairfax Hospital where he is expected be released later today. Ashby was charged with reckless driving.

As a result of the crash the trash truck discharged approximately 75-100 gallons of diesel fuel and an undermined quantity of hydraulic fluid into the ground, with signs that the material was entering a small stream nearby. The Loudoun County Hazardous Materials Response Unit deployed from the Dulles South Public Safety Center to provide preliminary mitigation and personnel immediately summoned a commercial contractor to the scene to perform clean-up.

Remaining fuel was off-loaded from the truck so the wreckage could be removed from the scene by a local towing company.

The roadway was completely reopened around 3 p.m.

Accident-damaged trash truck - Photo Edward Leonard

A Friday morning crash damaged this trash truck and left traffic snarled for hours - Photo Edward Leonard

Accident-damaged trash truck - Photo Edward Leonard

Comments

  1. Boomer and Buddy says:

    Good article — I came on the accident about 5 minutes after it happened — several people had pulled over and were already directing traffic through the area. Couldn’t figure out how he landed where he did (assumed at the time he was going eastbound)

    The driver was very lucky he made it through the trees as he did. Several good sized trees there he could have hit.

  2. ET Skippy says:

    I agree with the comment. How did the truck get there? Helicopter drop? Parachute? Olympic ski jump ramp? Seriously, this truck was surrounded by trees, multiple rail guards that looked unharmed, who knows how many cars were near the tuck when it did it’s Fosberry Flop off the road.

    Wait, I figured it out… TELEPORTATION!?

    Beam me up Scotty!