Gene Snyder Freeway closes for hours after oil tanker overturns

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by WHAS11

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Posted on May 16, 2013 at 7:17 PM

Updated Thursday, May 16 at 11:50 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) --LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The southbound lanes of the Gene Snyder Freeway were shut down for hours after a tanker truck carrying oil flipped over at about 6:30 PM.

MORE: SKY11 over the scene

The last thing Doug Grigsby remembers was the tire of the oil tanker truck he was driving blowing out. What he doesn’t remember is the rig flying across the center median and flipping three times before coming to rest in the opposite lane of traffic. His daughter Michelle Cox got a call from her mom and raced to the scene.

“I live closest,” she said, “So I rushed up here because he couldn’t tell us where he was or if he’d hit another car or anything.”

The first thing Michelle saw was the mangled mess of wreckage. She was afraid to get out of her car until she saw her dad sitting on the shoulder of the interstate waiting for her.

“As soon as I looked down,” She recalled, “I [saw] him and he was wearing a seatbelt, so that’s good. Because if he wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, they said he wouldn’t, there’s no way he would’ve made it.”

With oil smeared across the road, Michelle, a medical assistant, tended to her dad. “I made sure he could wiggle his fingers and stretch his legs out, looks like maybe he dislocated his shoulder and he’s got a big knot on his forehead. But, other than that, he looks like he’s doing pretty good.”

Once the rest of the family showed up, they gathered around Doug while he was loaded up on a gurney and wheeled to a waiting ambulance.

Crews plan to keep to southbound lane closed until about 2 a.m. Friday morning while they clean up the wreckage and oil. They’ll be laying down a mix of sawdust, clay, and kitty litter to soak the oil up. Then they’ll steam clean the pavement to remove the slick oil.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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