Officials say it had the potential to be an explosive incident Monday afternoon along U.S. 68/80 in Logan County as a tanker truck overturned multiple times trapping the driver inside.
"The overturned tanker was still pouring out gasoline. They attempted to use the jaws of life to extricate the driver which was a very dangerous situation. The battery was still active on the semi which also presented another dangerous situation because there was still power to the vehicle," says Captain David Kitchens from the Logan County Sheriff's Department.
52-year-old Michael Gosser, the driver of the truck, was taken to The Medical Center by ambulance. Logan County Sheriff's Deputies are investigating the crash and say driver fatigue may have been a factor.
"Commercial Vehicle Enforcement was present. They did a quick safety check of the vehicle and advised us the brakes were never utilized so there was no braking at all. Right now the preliminary investigation we believe the driver fell asleep," says Captain Kitchens.
24 hours after the accident tire tracks and a strong smell of gasoline were still present. Crews from the Kentucky Division of Waste Management are cleaning up contaminated soil and water from a nearby ditch. The sheriff's department says the damage was so heavy all 3,000 gallons of fuel leaked from the tanker.
"The fuel tanker part of the truck had actually separated in the accident. It was upside down from the semi approximately 15 feet and you could see it was pouring gasoline out," says Captain Kitchens.
As a final investigation continues so does the clean-up. Crews hope to remove all contaminated soil by the end of the week. They do not believe the spill has seeped into drinking water.