18 WHEEL BIG RIG ROLLOVER TIES UP TRAFFIC, CREATES HAZARDOUS MATERIALS SITUATION IN DODGE CITY
An 18 wheel big rig carrying a full load of premium chicken feed has been involved in a scary rollover situation in Dodge City this morning.
Just west of the Highway 69 and County Road 233 intersection in Dodge City, a fully loaded 18 wheel grain storage truck departed the southbound lane of the roadway around 6 am this morning. Entering the rain saturated drain ditches along the boundary of the road, the big rig became unstable, rolling over while it aggressively entered the perimeter of the pine forest along Highway 69.
The large vehicle eventually came to rest on it’s side. It is embedded in a water filled, muddy drainage ditch fully entangle in downed pine trees.
The driver of the 18 wheeler sustained minor injuries in the crash (lacerations to the forehead and wrist). Amazingly and thankfully, he walked away from the cab under his own power. He did not require assessment and treatment other than that provided by Cullman Emergency Medical Services (CEMS) at the scene.
With this crash came two environmental concerns – one minor, one major.
The first centered around the ejection of significant amounts of premium chicken feed onto the roadway and shoulder. The second, and more concerning, was the leaking of diesel fuel from the truck’s tanks. Cullman Emergency Management Agency (CEMA) and the Cullman County Hazardous Materials Team (CCHMT) were called to the scene.
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