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A brother and sister succumbed to injuries sustained during a Saturday night crash about six miles west of Hardinsburg that overturned a tanker truck hauling thousands of gallons of gasoline.
Kentucky State Police said Justin J. Glisson, 28, of Irvington, was driving westbound on U.S. 60 in a 1977 Chevrolet Nova when the vehicle crossed the centerline for unknown reasons. The vehicle struck a 2004 freightliner tanker truck heading eastbound and hauling about 9,000 gallons of gasoline operated by Timothy M. Castlen, 49, of Maceo, according to a KSP news release. The call came in to Breckinridge County Central Dispatch around 10:55 a.m. CST.
Glisson’s Nova came to a final rest on the eastbound lanes of U.S. 60 while the freightliner crossed the right shoulder of the road and overturned.
Glisson, who was wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene by the Breckinridge County Coroner’s Office while his sister and passenger, Tracy Glisson, 27, of Cloverport, was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville with life-threatening injuries and died early Sunday morning. She was not wearing a seatbelt, according to KSP.
Castlen also was airlifted to University Hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries and was wearing a seatbelt during the crash.
KSP said the tanker leaked roughly 4,000 gallons of gasoline after it overturned and Southern Environmental crews conducted clean up, closing the section of U.S. 60 near the crash for several hours. The road reopened around 2:15 a.m. Sunday morning, according to KSP.
KSP was assisted at the scene by the Hardinsburg Fire Department, Breckinridge County EMS, Air Evac, Breckinridge County Sheriff’s Office, Fort Knox Fire Department (Haz Mat) and the State Fire Marshal’s Office.
Marty Finley can be reached at (270) 505-1762 or firstname.lastname@example.org.