Truck accident injures one

by Gordon Folkers

Sometime in the early morning hours of last Wednesday a collision between two trucks shut down traffic on hiway 287 South for several hours. Apparently a northbound tank truck, belonging to UPT trucking Co. and loaded with diesel fuel, and southbound cargo van belonging to Roads West Trucking sideswiped each other at the south end of the curve on hiway 287 south of the Beaver River bridge.

The southbound cargo van lost the two left rear wheels on the trailer, with little other apparent damage. The northbound tanker went off the west side of the hiway and knocked down a Tri County Electric Co-op pole. It then turned over and came to rest in the ditch spilling part of its load of diesel fuel. The driver of the tanker was taken to Cimarron Memorial Hospital for treatment and transferred to Amarillo for further treatment of serious injuries.

Traffic on 287 was diverted to hiway 171 while the damage was being taken care of. Boise City firemen were called because spilled diesel and downed powerlines created an extreme fire hazard A southbound BNSF coal train was halted north of the site for the same reason.

It is reported that a “ hazardous material” crew from Amarillo had been called to clean up the spilled fuel. Another tanker was pumping the remaining fuel from the overturned truck. Tri County Electric stood by to replace the damaged pole and powerline when allowed onto the site.

As soon as conditions were considered safe the hiway was reopened. Trooper Terrell of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was the investigating officer, he was assisted by local sheriffs personnel, other patrol officers, and railroad personnel.

Sometime in the early morning hours of last Wednesday a collision between two trucks shut down traffic on hiway 287 South for several hours. Apparently a northbound tank truck, belonging to UPT trucking Co. and loaded with diesel fuel, and southbound cargo van belonging to Roads West Trucking sideswiped each other at the south end of the curve on hiway 287 south of the Beaver River bridge.

The southbound cargo van lost the two left rear wheels on the trailer, with little other apparent damage. The northbound tanker went off the west side of the hiway and knocked down a Tri County Electric Co-op pole. It then turned over and came to rest in the ditch spilling part of its load of diesel fuel. The driver of the tanker was taken to Cimarron Memorial Hospital for treatment and transferred to Amarillo for further treatment of serious injuries.

Traffic on 287 was diverted to hiway 171 while the damage was being taken care of. Boise City firemen were called because spilled diesel and downed powerlines created an extreme fire hazard A southbound BNSF coal train was halted north of the site for the same reason.

It is reported that a “ hazardous material” crew from Amarillo had been called to clean up the spilled fuel. Another tanker was pumping the remaining fuel from the overturned truck. Tri County Electric stood by to replace the damaged pole and powerline when allowed onto the site.

As soon as conditions were considered safe the hiway was reopened. Trooper Terrell of the Oklahoma Highway Patrol was the investigating officer, he was assisted by local sheriffs personnel, other patrol officers, and railroad personnel.

 

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