Fuel spill leaves section of Hwy 15 closed for six hours

Herald Staff

October 21, 2013

HAZARD—A section of Highway 15 in Hazard was partially closed for nearly six hours Monday as crews worked to clean up a fuel spill resulting from an overturned tractor-trailer.

Hazard Police Chief Minor Allen said officers responded to the scene at around 1:25 p.m. after the driver of the vehicle lost control while attempting to exit from the Hal Rogers Parkway onto Highway 15 near Kemper Furniture.

“On arrival they found the vehicle on its side and a large amount of fuel spilled on the highway,” Allen said. “The vehicle does have a capacity of 850,000 gallons … but it appears that not all of it spilled.”

Allen said officials from the Environmental Protection Agency were called to the scene to assess the damage and clean the fuel up.

“They were busy well up into the night last night doing clean up on that,” he said.

The driver of the tractor-trailer was not injured in the crash, Allen said, and no other vehicles were involved. The road was completely open by 7:30 p.m.

“That’s a high traffic area through there. We would encourage anybody to use caution in that area just because of the amount of traffic that goes through that area; it’s a major cross-section for town,” he added.