Overturned diesel tanker closes Oak Street Saturday

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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