Accident shuts down road for six hours



Last Thursday morning, a truck headed toward Altoona on Valley Road flipped on its side after the driver had to avoid hitting a vehicle that was on his side of the road, according to Oneonta police officer Mike Harris.

The driver, Michael Ferris, 26, of Huntsville, was not injured in the incident except for a bruise on his head which was treated at the scene by paramedics.

According to Harris, Ferris ran off the right side of the road while in a curve and he over corrected which caused the vehicle to flip. The truck slid approximately 100 feet, taking out a mailbox and crashing into and breaking a power pole. Live power and telephone lines landed on the vehicle, Harris said.

After the accident, cleanup began and Alabama Power and Otelco crews arrived on the scene to repair their lines and pole. The process shut down Valley Road for six hours, and power in the area was off for five hours.

Ferris was a contract worker for Pace, a shipping company located in Madison. He was transporting mail from post office to post office when the accident occurred, according to Harris.

No further investigation is being conducted at this time.