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Overturned tanker in Fleming County

Date of News Release: 07/12/2011

(Morehead, Ky.) -- On Tuesday July 12, 2011 at 11:47 AM Post 8 Morehead received a call of a tractor trailer tanker overturned on KY 111 just north of Hillsboro, KY. Trooper Chad Bowling was the first unit to arrive on scene and observed the tanker on its side off of the southbound shoulder of the roadway in a field. Officer Tommy Jones of the Commercial Vehicle Enforcement division arrived on scene shortly after and spoke with the driver of the vehicle who had already removed himself from the wreckage.

Hank O. Saylor Jr., 36, of Georgetown, KY, stated he was traveling south on KY 111 to deliver fuel to the gas station in Hillsboro, KY. Upon entering a left hand curve Mr. Saylor advised a pickup truck pulling a pontoon boat was traveling north and was extremely close to the center line of the roadway. In an attempt to avoid striking this vehicle Mr. Saylor swerved to the right resulting in his passenger side tires to drop of the side of the roadway. Mr. Saylor attempted to regain control by steering back onto the roadway but his trailer slid off the roadway pulling the cab with it. The cab and tanker rolled over at least 2 1/2 times then coming to rest on the driver's side. Mr. Saylor, who stated he was not wearing his seat belt, had removed himself from the vehicle before emergency units arrived.

This tanker was loaded with 7198 gallons of gasoline and 1000 gallons of diesel fuel separated in 4 compartments. The number 3 compartment was leaking gasoline from the flange at the top of the tanker. At this time an unknown amount of gasoline was lost onto the ground and the Kentucky Department of Environmental Protection was on scene to supervise the cleanup.

Commercial Enforcement Officer Tommy Jones investigated the collision and was assisted on the scene by Officer Jessie Stewart. Also at the scene were members of Fleming County Emergency Management, Haz-Mat 8 Response Team from both Maysville and Morehead along with the Hillsboro Fire Department, Fleming County Road Department and Kentucky Department of Highways.

Clean up operations were conducted by Gra-Kat Environmental Services LLC of Shelbyville, KY and the roadway is expected to be closed late into the evening.

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