Local emergency personnel respond to overturned ‘slop’ truck
LYNCHBURG, Tenn. — A Franklin County man is recovering after the slop truck he was driving overturned early Sunday morning on Main St. here in Lynchburg. Monroe May, 83, had to be extricated from the 2-ton truck he was operating after it overturned near the Duck River Electric office.
The Metro Moore County EMS, Metro Fire Department and Metro Moore County Sheriff’s Department responded to the accident at 5:57 a.m. on Sunday. The Tennessee Highway Patrol was also called in. Mr. May had just left Jack Daniel’s Distillery, where he had completed filling his truck with slop — a spent mash byproduct that farmers use to feed their cattle.
May was trapped in the vehicle.
“My guys were working in scalding hot slop to extricate Mr. May safely,” said Metro Fire Chief Mark Neal. “It took about 45 minutes. They did a phenomenal job. Our fire department personnel used all available equipment to extricate Mr. May from the cab while scalding slop was pouring out onto the fire fighters during the rescue.”
Neal added that they also had to use a wrecker from Stovall’s Body Shop in Fayetteville to assist in the extraction.
Mr. May was transported to Tullahoma’s Harton Medical Center by Moore County EMS. After being evaluated there, he was transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center. According to Chief Neal, Mr. May had several broken ribs, but was reported to be in stable condition.