Toilet contents stop up Athens road

ATHENS, Ga. -- A stretch of South Milledge Avenue in southeastern Athens-Clarke County was closed three hours Wednesday due to spilled waste from portable toilets.

The waste came from a tanker truck that overturned near East Whitehall Road shortly before 1 p.m., Athens-Clarke County police said. No other vehicles were involved in the incident and the driver of the tanker truck suffered a slight head injury, according to police.

South Milledge Avenue was closed between Georgia Botanical Gardens and East Whitehall Road during the clean-up. Hazardous material technicians with the Athens-Clarke County Fire and Emergency Services Department assisted.

The incident was the second messy mishap this week that disrupted traffic on a major Athens thoroughfare. On Monday, a truck traveling on Jefferson Road sprung a leak and left a trail of chicken innards from the Athens Perimeter interchange to the Jackson County line.

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