Diesel fuel spill in Knox County

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A crash between an eighteen wheeler truck and a pick-up truck caused a diesel fuel spill on 25E in Knox County.

The diesel fuel covered a quarter of a mile stretch on the highway in Flat Lick.

The highway was closed for several hours while crews cleaned up the diesel fuel spill.

The crash happened around 9:00 a.m. in front of Creek Mart. Clerk Wendell Goodin says the pick-up truck was turning into the parking lot. The eighteen wheeler truck was in the northbound lanes and Goodin says the pick-up truck pulled out in front of the big rig.

"It tried to miss the truck but couldn't miss it. He come all the way in the parking lot trying to miss the truck. It caught the front end of the Silverado," said Goodin.

"It busted his diesel tank and he couldn't get his truck stopped because the diesel got in the brakes and tires. He had a hard time controlling it and that's why he went so far before he could get stopped," said Bobby Valentine, East Knox Fire Chief.

The eighteen wheeler stopped a quarter of a mile down the road at the bridge. Diesel fuel covered its entire path.

"Knox County EMS did a good job to keep it contained and out of the stream," said Adam Townsley, Knox County Sheriff's Deputy.

No environmental negative effects are expected.

Sheriff's Deputies say the pick-up driver, a woman, went to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

"He probably saved her life by serving in time and just hitting the front of the truck," said Valentine.

The eighteen wheeler truck driver was not injured.

Knox County Sheriff's Deputies are ruling this an accident and say no charges or citations will be issued.

Crews spent nearly eight hours cleaning up the fuel. The highway re-opened at 4:30 p.m.

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