Mayor Burchett involved in wreck while driving in salt truck

Mayor Burchett involved in wreck while driving in county salt truck

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Mayor Burchett tweeted this picture with the caption, "One salt truck out of the ditch. Dadgum I love my job." Mayor Burchett tweeted this picture with the caption, "One salt truck out of the ditch. Dadgum I love my job."
Source: Mayor Tim Burchett Source: Mayor Tim Burchett

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - Knox County Mayor Tim Burchett was involved in a minor accident Friday morning while riding along with a county salt truck.

The truck was treating roadways in South Knoxville when it slid off the right side of the road on Tarwater Road.

The mayor told 6 News the heavy-duty truck lost control and slid off the side, striking a tree. He said were it not for the tree, the truck would have rolled down the hill.

"It's bad. It's treacherous," Mayor Burchett said. "I'm just glad we got out of there without getting banged up."

He also warned Knox County residents to stay off of the roads unless absolutely necessary.

"There's just no reason for people to be out," he said. "Nothing goes in this ice, so just stay in."

No one involved in the accident was injured. Crews were able to safely return the truck to the roadway.

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