A Marshall County Road Department dump truck that had sprung a fuel leak unbeknownst to its driver spread a thin layer of diesel fuel across several miles in Marshall County yesterday and created havoc for drivers.
Highway Department supervisor, Russell York said the truck had traveled from Liberty School Road in the south end of the county and then on Ky Highway 1824 to US 641, where he ramped onto the Purchase Parkway. From there, he traveled to Exit 47 in Draffenville and down U.S. 68 to the highway department.
Along the way, the truck left a dangerous film of fuel. York said the problems were first reported at around 3 p.m. Monday after accident reports began to come in and emergency responders pieced together the situation.
One accident at mile marker 45 left the driver of a Jeep entrapped when his vehicle went over a guardrail and landed upside down as it slid on the fuel spill. The driver’s name was not available at press time, but Marshall County Sheriff Kevin Byars said he was taken to Marshall County Hospital with bumps and bruises, but no serious injuries.
Another accident at the U.S. 641 Spur just off Purchase Parkway Exit 41 near Benton did not result in injuries.
Keith Todd with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet said Marshall County Highway crew worked to absorb the fuel by spreading a layer of fine gravel in the affected areas of roadway.