2015-09-30 / Front Page

Truck wreck caused long delays


CLOSE CALL — An overturned tractor and its trailer teetered on the hillside atop Pine Mountain Tuesday afternoon after the truck’s driver hit a guardrail on the Kentucky side of Pound Gap, above Jenkins. The wreck caused the northbound lanes of U.S. 23 to be closed for considerable amounts of time while cleanup crews, including those from the Jenkins Volunteer Fire Department, were at work. This photo was taken by Jessica Anderson, who happened upon the scene, as hards rains fell in the area. CLOSE CALL — An overturned tractor and its trailer teetered on the hillside atop Pine Mountain Tuesday afternoon after the truck’s driver hit a guardrail on the Kentucky side of Pound Gap, above Jenkins. The wreck caused the northbound lanes of U.S. 23 to be closed for considerable amounts of time while cleanup crews, including those from the Jenkins Volunteer Fire Department, were at work. This photo was taken by Jessica Anderson, who happened upon the scene, as hards rains fell in the area. A wrecked truck shut down traffic for long periods Tuesday along the Kentucky-Virginia border.

Jenkins Police Chief Jim Stephens said traffic was blocked in the northbound lanes of U.S. 23 after an 18-wheeler carrying five Yamaha side-by-side all-terrain vehicles hit a guardrail and caused the rig’s tractor to overturn, resulting in a large amount of diesel fuel spilling at the scene and requiring cleanup.

Chief Stephens said that taking care of the accident was made slightly more difficult because the driver, who is from Uzbekistan, didn’t speak English. The driver was injured slightly, but declined treatment. Stephens said the northbound lanes of U.S. 23 had to be closed twice as a result of the mishap — the first time from just after 1 p.m. until about 3:30 p.m., and again later to allow removal of the truck.

Stephens said he had been the first officer to arrive on the scene, but said Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement officers are investigating the mishap. Stephens said the Jenkins Volunteer firefighters were on the scene since just after he arrived and did their “usual fine work” in helping clean up the site.

— By WILLIAM FARLEY

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