Driver Arrested After Overturning Garbage Truck on Southbound Route 8

An overturned garbage truck.

A Waterbury man who overturned a truck transporting 80 tons of garbage has been arrested on several charges.

Thirty-year-old Jose Edwin Vasquez has been accused of operating a vehicle with a suspended license, reckless endangerment, reckless driving, and failing to stay in the proper lane.

The accident occurred at 12:13 p.m. on Saturday along southbound Route 8 at Exit 22 in Seymour. State Police said Vasquez was going from Waterbury to Bridgeport and his vehicle may have been overloaded at the time of the crash.

Reports indicate the driver was unable to negotiate a left curve and his vehicle rolled onto its right side. As it came to rest, it blocked all the travel lanes. Southbound Route 8 had to be closed for about five hours as personnel removed the truck and trash.

An eyewitness also told police the driver was driving erratically and recklessly prior to the accident. The investigation into the crash included a complete commercial vehicle inspection. It allegedly uncovered multiple serious violations with the vehicle.

In addition, police said Vasquez underwent an inspection on Feb 14 and he was cited for several violations. Saturday’s inspection showed that he didn’t make the necessary corrections since February.

Furthermore, state police later learned that Vasquez was driving with a suspended driver’s license as of April 5, 2020. Police said both Vasquez’s statements and the physical evidence at the scene indicated that he was at fault.

Vasquez was released after posting a $5,000 bond. He is expected in Derby Superior Court on June 26. There were no reports of injuries. Teams from the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and Department of Transportation helped state police with the cleanup and traffic control along with Seymour police and firefighters.

If you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime, a Connecticut criminal defense attorney can help you to get the best possible outcome.


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