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WHITETOP — Two Virginia Department of Transportation workers were injured Monday after their truck lost its brakes and overturned.
State Trooper Jessie Tilson said Harold Dalton, 59, of Ivanhoe, was operating a truck painting lines on Virginia 600 in Whitetop when the truck lost its brakes.
Workers in another VDOT truck told state troopers that they saw smoke coming from the brakes.
Tilson said the truck overturned on its top on the shoulder of U.S. 58, spilling about 400 gallons of yellow paint along a wide area of the shoulder alongside the highway.
A passenger riding in a compartment in the rear of the truck, Anthony Cox, was injured. He was airlifted by the medical helicopter WINGS to Johnson City Medical Center in Johnson City, Tenn. His condition was listed as stable on Monday.
Dalton was taken to a hospital by Mount Rogers Fire and Rescue, but his condition was unknown.
U.S. 58 in front of the Mount Rogers Post Office was partially blocked for hours during the cleanup.
Tilson, who was assisted at the scene by Virginia State Police 1st Sgt. Mike Musser, said the 2008 Auto Car truck was a total loss. He also said about 20 Frazer fir trees growing in an adjoining field were damaged by the paint.