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KSP/CVE Investigates Crash Involving Chemical Spill

Date of News Release: 01/29/2015

(Morehead, KY) -- On 01/29/2015 at approximately 08:30am Russell R. Leach, 43, of Duff, TN was traveling north on Springdale Road in Mason County to deliver to Carmeuse Mine. While traveling down Springdale Road Hill, Mr. Leach lost control of his 2006 Freightliner on the ice covered roadway which resulted in the vehicle and its trailer leaving the northbound shoulder of the roadway. Upon leaving the roadway, both the truck and trailer overturned into the creek that runs along the roadway. Upon overturning, the cargo tank was compromised and lost part of its cargo. This cargo tank was loaded with Ammonium Nitrate-fuel oil mixture which is a blasting agent used in the mine. Due to the nature of the hazardous material being transported, and loss of containment, the Kentucky Department of Environmental Response was sent to direct the cleanup. Austin Powder Company of Cleveland, Ohio is the operating carrier of the overturned commercial vehicle. Environmental Management Specialist Incorporated will be conducting the recovery and cleanup of the hazardous material. Mr. Leach was transported to Meadowview Regional Medical Center, where he was treated and released. Springdale Road will be closed late into the night for the cleanup and removal of the vehicle. The collision was investigated by Officer Larry Farris of the Kentucky State Police Commercial Enforcement Division, Orangeburg Fire Department, Mason County Department of Emergency Response, and the Mason County Sheriff’s Department assisted at the scene.