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Overturned diesel tanker closes Oak Street Saturday

Posted: March 22, 2014 - 1:55pm

The driver of a diesel tanker was transported to a Little Rock hospital in stable condition after the truck he was driving rolled and came to rest on its side on the eastbound side of Oak Street near Interstate 40 Saturday.

Oak Street was closed in both directions at the interstate overpass from the time of the accident, about 8:30 a.m., to about 3 p.m., as crews unloaded the truck’s contents into another tanker.

Officials on scene said the tanker, a “Thomas” company truck, carried 5,200 gallons of off-road diesel.

As the truck rested on its side, the top caps on the tank leaked, and responders worked to tighten the caps to keep more diesel from draining into the ditch.

Responders were the Office of Emergency Management, Conway Police Department and the Conway Fire Department.

MEMS transported the injured driver and was on standby for medical through the incident and cleanup.

Due to the contents and size of the load, the truck could not be uprighted until most of the fuel had been siphoned into another Thomas company truck that was brought in from Center Ridge.

Three wreckers pulled the truck over as the payload was transferred to the other truck, and the wrecker service used inflatable air bags to give the truck lift as it was uprighted.

No other vehicles were involved in the incident.

(Staff writer Courtney Spradlin can be reached by email at courtney.spradlin@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1236, or on Twitter @Courtneyism. To comment on this and other stories in the Log Cabin, log on to www.thecabin.net. Send us your news at www.thecabin.net/submit)

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Igor Rabinowitz
Igor Rabinowitz 03/22/14 - 04:09 pm

Oil don't care
about gravity

Comes up from the ground
through tubes
fed by

Oil don't care
about place

Tube feed tubes
into tanks
tanks on wheels

Oil don't care
about direction

Tanks on wheels
tanks in ships
taken from one place
put in

Oil don't care
about use

Put into machines
to power machines
to fill tanks

Oil don't care
about time

Sits in tanks
waits to be moved
some tank to tube
to tank

Oil don't care
about place

Machine pulls tank
tank tips over
oil out hatch
back to ground

to ground

Oil don't care

Joe Lamb
Joe Lamb 03/23/14 - 12:46 am


David 03/23/14 - 11:29 am
Not involved

I bet some of the folks driving on Oak St. Saturday thought they were involved. You know, of course, incidents such as this could be avoided if we just build a few thousand more pipelines. And, oh my, think of how many jobs that would create!

mikeng1994 03/23/14 - 05:36 pm
Just think how bad it would

Just think how bad it would have been if transported by pipeline. Then all of Conway could be bought out by the company.

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