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North Van garbage truck tips over, makes a mess in Seymour

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North Vancouver crews deal with a tipped over garbage truck on Northlands Drive at Mt. Seymour Parkway, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022.

Crews have cleaned up a stinking mess in the Seymour area after a District of North Vancouver garbage truck tipped over and lost part of its load, earlier today (April 19).

According to police, the incident happened around 10:50 a.m. when the driver was making the turn onto Northlands Drive from Mt. Seymour Parkway.

“The load shifted in concert with the change in grade in the roadway, which caused the truck to tip and fall onto the driver’s side,” said Sgt. Peter DeVries, North Vancouver RCMP spokesperson.

The driver wasn’t injured in the crash, although he did get some cuts while pulling himself out of the wreck, according to police.

The road had to be completely closed for several hours while Mitchell's Towing brought in a heavy wrecker to get the garbage truck upright again.

District of North Vancouver crews were called in to clean up the mess.

“They were there quite quickly, and they covered up all the drains in the area so there were no environmental problems at all,” said Scott Ferguson, assistant fire chief.