Propane truck crash shut down KY 11 in Knox County

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - A propane truck crash caused evacuations and shut down a highway.

The truck flipped over an embankment around 6:45 a.m. on KY 11 in the Girdler area of Knox County.

No one was injured.

Crews kept the highway closed for several hours while they cleaned up the wreckage.

The road re-opened at 3:30 p.m.

Police say the propane truck flipped over an embankment twice before stopping.

"It sounded like a big thunder boom," said April Thomas who lives by the scene.

"It woke me up. I heard like a big explosion," said George Saunders who also lives nearby.

Investigators say another vehicle hauling a trailer was partially in the wrong lane and swerved, but the vehicle's trailer hit the front of the propane truck, causing it to lose control and overturn off the road.

Police say the truck driver's seat belt saved his life.

"He was very lucky. The commercial vehicle went off the roadway, over a small cliff and overturned twice so the driver of the truck is lucky he is not seriously hurt," said Steven Douglas, CVE Officer.

Police say the tanker truck's diesel fuel tank ruptured, so they evacuated the nearby homes as a precaution.

"I didn't know what to think," said Saunders.

"This is the worst I've seen here," said Thomas.

Crews say there were no problems with clean-up and people returned home.

Police say the propane truck is from a Texas company. The driver is 52-year-old Jeffrey Bellamy of Tennessee.

The Knox County Sheriff's Department cited the other driver for no insurance, and police say no other citations or charges will be filed in this case. They are ruling it an accident.


KNOX COUNTY, Ky. (WYMT) - Police are on the scene of a crash involving a propane truck in Knox County.

It happened before seven Friday morning near the intersection of Kentucky 11 and Swafford Lane.

Right now, the road is shut down both directions.

No word on how long the road will be shut down or on possible injuries.

We will continue to follow this story and update you as needed.

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