BURNSIDE, Ky. (WKYT) - U.S. 27 in Pulaski County has reopened, hours after a tanker crash forced police to close the busy road.
The road reopened around 6 p.m. Thursday.
Robert Ross was heading north on U.S. 27 early Thursday morning when he noticed what he thought was a car wreck and he called 911.
“Somebody drove through there, they’ve completely gone through the guardrail. Their car is over in woods,” he told a Pulaski Co. 911 dispatcher.
Dispatcher: “OK, do you see anybody around it?”
Ross: “No, there’s nobody around it or anything. You can still smell, You can smell gas real bad,” he said.
Emergency workers were called and they found a truck over a ditch partially hidden by large trees that wreckage knocked over. They think the wreck happened much earlier and somehow the driver survived. The truck was headed from Knoxville to Somerset with what officials described as a full load of gas.
“We had a person entrapped inside the vehicle. Took almost an hour to extricate,” said Tateville Assistant Chief Benji Howard.
Two cranes were called in to remove the truck and haz-mat crews responded for the 8,250 gallons of spilled gasoline.
Kentucky safe patrol manned both ends of US 27 telling drivers the bad news.
Big trucks had to turn around. Many wondered about alternate routes.
The truck driver, Lucas Gregory of Whitley City, was airlifted to UK hospital for broken bones and internal injuries.