Union County Oil Tanker Spill Causes Accident on Highway 56

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September 24, 2010 – Union County, KY – A 7-mile stretch of Highway 56 near the Union and Webster county border was closed on September 20 as crews cleaned up after a large oil spill and accident.

Reports from TristateHomepage.com state that a Country Mark truck carrying crude oil was responsible for the spill, which spread about 25 gallons along the roadway. The trail of oil led to an oil field in Webster County where the responsible truck was found. A spokesperson for Country Mark claims a cap on one of their trucks was loose, causing the spill.

Environmental cleanup crews were called to the scene to remove the oil. Absorptive powder was applied to the oil trail and crews spent nearly 4 hours sweeping the road clear for traffic to resume. One vehicle hit the oil slick and caused the driver to lose control and crash into a ditch. No one was injured.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s 2008 Kentucky Crash Statistics, there were 826 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in Kentucky.

As a service to the residents of Louisville, our firm will frequently publish blogs about local traffic accidents. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in the Louisville area that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.

Common accidents include, but are not limited to: 

  • single-vehicle accidents;
  • accidents caused by hazardous road conditions;
  • accidents caused by aggressive driving or distracted drivers; and
  • accidents caused by defective or improperly maintained equipment. 

If you or a loved one were seriously injured in a truck accident in Kentucky, the attorneys at Gray and White Law are here to help. We have successfully handled many Kentucky truck accident and wrongful death cases. Contact us today to schedule an evaluation of your case1-888-450-4456.