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Trash collector injured after garbage truck falls down embankment near Hangman Valley Golf Course

UPDATED: Thu., Jan. 11, 2018, 5:15 p.m.

A Waste Management garbage truck, right, lays at the bottom of a gully where it slid off of South Fairway Ridge Lane during winter weather Thursday morning while making stops in a gated community across the valley from Hangman Valley Golf Course, shown Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)
A Waste Management garbage truck, right, lays at the bottom of a gully where it slid off of South Fairway Ridge Lane during winter weather Thursday morning while making stops in a gated community across the valley from Hangman Valley Golf Course, shown Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018. (Jesse Tinsley / The Spokesman-Review)

A garbage truck driver was injured when his truck slid down a rocky embankment near the Hangman Valley Golf Course Thursday morning.

Emergency crews from Spokane County Fire District 8 and Spokane Fire Department responded at about 8 a.m. to the 12600 block of South Fairway Ridge Lane, near the golf course, sheriff’s deputies wrote in a news release. They were able to bring the driver up the snowy and steep embankment and transport him to a local hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.

The driver told deputies he was heading downhill at a slow speed on packed snow and ice but could not negotiate a turn. Even though he had chains on his back tires, the truck slid down the embankment, took out a small tree, and came to a rest on its side.

The driver was wearing a seat belt.

At about noon Thursday, Waste Management crews were emptying the truck of natural gas before tow trucks attempted to remove the vehicle from the bottom of the hill.

No other vehicles were involved in the crash.