Truck overturns at convenience center south of Marion

Units respond to an overturned dump truck at the convenience center on N.C. 226 South

DUSTIN CHANDLER/MCDOWELL NEWS

A truck driver was sent to the hospital after his vehicle overturned pulling into the entrance to the convenience center and transfer station south of Marion, according to reports.

At approximately 11:28 a.m., emergency units responded to McDowell County transfer station at 3809 N.C. 226 South in Marion after receiving reports of a dump truck overturned at the entrance.

Marion Fire Department, McDowell EMS, McDowell Rescue Squad, Emergency Management and the N.C. Highway Patrol responded to the call.

According to state troopers on scene, the load in the Republic Service truck – driven by 53-year-old Scott Elbert Ray of Morganton – most likely shifted as the truck turned into the entrance and the vehicle turned over on its side.

An employee at the landfill, Bill Hitt, witnessed the wreck as it unfolded.

“I was sitting at the door working outside and watching the trucks come in,” said Hitt, “and when he was pulling in, he just flipped over. He wasn’t speeding or nothing, as far as I’d seen.”

Authorities on scene also describe a slight fuel spill from the truck, which was tended to by Marion fire units.

Ray was taken to McDowell Hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Emergency Management Deputy Director Craig Walker.

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