Deadly Tanker Truck Accident Shuts Down I-75

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Police say a tanker truck carrying liquid sulfur crashed into a UPS Freight semi along I-75 in Madison County at around 3 a.m. Friday.

The tanker was headed northbound when it crossed the concrete barrier, hitting the UPS Freight truck in the southbound lanes near the 76 mile marker killing the UPS driver, 35 year old Johnny Dopp..

The tanker overturned.

The northbound lanes are open now in Madison County but police tell us they estimate the southbound lanes won't be re-opened again until some time between 2 this afternoon and 6 o'clock this evening.

Officials say the liquid sulpher spill has been contained and there's no danger to the public.

Associated Press Story
Blown tire leads to deadly collision on I-75

BEREA, Ky. (AP) - A Tennessee man died Friday when two tractor trailers collided on Interstate 75 in central Kentucky, police said.

UPS truck driver Johnny Dopp, 35, of Jacksboro, was killed Friday when an out-of-control, airborne tanker crossed a concrete median barrier and struck his vehicle head-on, Berea Police Capt. Ken Clark said.

The southbound lanes of the interstate were still closed in the afternoon, Clark said.

The driver of the tanker, Arthur Mays, 54, of Blakely, Ga., was not injured, Clark said.

The tanker was traveling north at 2:50 a.m. EDT when a left front tire blew out, causing Mays to lose control, Clark said. The truck, loaded with liquid sulfur, struck the barrier and became airborne, Clark said. It landed in the southbound lanes and skidded some 200 feet before hitting the UPS truck, he said.

Berea is 40 miles south of Lexington.

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by D Location: Knoxville on Jun 27, 2007 at 01:17 PM
    Johnny was a wonderful man, loved by all and known to many as a "big ol' teddy bear". He was a father and husband, a brother to 6 blood siblings and hundreds of UPS Freight family members. He was a child of God, and we have no doubt that he is in heaven. May God bless all of us who are still suffering Johnny's loss, and may God bless the tanker driver and his family who are also suffering emotional pain due to this accident.
  • by Brown Driver Location: cincinnati on Jun 26, 2007 at 09:23 AM
    federal D.O.T. laws strictly prohibit re-capped tires from being used on the steering axle. prayers are with my UPS brothers family. it's sad how people want to always use the stereotype of a truck driver running many log books, and driving for days on end. not saying it doesnt happen, but it is fewer and further between than the media would like you to think. most major truck carriers use a "black box" in the truck that records the trucks speed, sudden movements, RPM's, impacts, and how hard the driver hits the brake pedal, and truck location (some even use GPS).at UPS, if you have an hours of service violation, you are fired, no questions asked.
  • by WHAT Location: Lex on Jun 26, 2007 at 04:30 AM
    Hey B in Berea; First off, if you knew your facts, recaps are not used as much as you think. Secondly; what the heck is "danderous?" I also think you mean "Maybe IF enough..." You tool!
  • by robert Location: fort wayne ups freight on Jun 25, 2007 at 03:23 PM
    first off may god be with his family an freinds an all of of his family/freinds from ups freight send our thoughts an prayers he will be missed by all' of us in the ups family''may god bless'
  • by B Location: Berea on Jun 24, 2007 at 06:57 AM
    Maybe is enough people are killed there will be a law not allowing recaps on trucks. Its danderous.
  • by Voice of Reason Location: Lexington on Jun 23, 2007 at 01:38 PM
    As I have always said, an accident is something that you cannot control. THIS is truly an accident. A tire blowing out is something you cannot control. Yes, if a tire was bald, you could have replaced it but these guys go through inspection stations and I know for a fact, people have been cited for faulty equipment such as bad tires. Give it a break Danny; you have no clue.
  • by Henry Location: Somerset Ky on Jun 23, 2007 at 01:24 PM
    We my Daughter and I Left the East Baptist At 2;30 P M and suddenly we were in this horrific traffic jam we had not watched any news and didnt know what was going on --my comment- why could;nt signs be placed at on ramps as a warning.
  • by Edna Location: London on Jun 23, 2007 at 11:59 AM
    Danny have you ever driven a car when the front tire blows out. If so you will know that it is hard to keep control of it. Well imagine a semi with a full load behind you pushing you. That even makes it harder to control. Yes most all your truck drivers keep more than one log book and drive off record alot. but lets not make this more than it is, an accident. The families are suffering enough.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2007 at 11:08 AM
    when a front tire on a semi blows out u have no control over the truck
  • by chris on Jun 23, 2007 at 10:29 AM
    No danny the real question isn't how long the driver was up for read the story again,it says that a left front tire blew on the northbound truck. As a truck driver myself when a steer tire blows there is really nothing you can do but to try and steer the truck which is nearly impossible when you are fully loaded which this truck was.This truck was a tanker there fore it also had all that liquid pushing it forward,i think i was just an accident tires do blow out and i am sure the driver did everything he could.My prayers go out to the ups drivers family.
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