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Septic tanker overturns on Ky. 222

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Police said truck was forced off roadway

By Marty Finley

An employee of Sam’s Septic Tank Cleaning Service & Repair was transported to Hardin Memorial Hospital with injuries when a tanker truck he was in overturned on Ky. 222 near Glendale.

Kentucky State Police said the tanker truck, carrying septic tank waste, overturned after it was forced off the road by an oncoming vehicle in a curve along Ky. 222 near the Western Kentucky overpass. Police responded around 3:36 p.m.

Sam Gore, the company’s owner, told KSP he was forced off the highway because a tow truck traveling in the opposite direction was driving on the wrong side of the road. The tow truck driver was unharmed and remained on the scene after the crash, but he declined to speak with The News-Enterprise and was not immediately identified by KSP.

According to police, the load Gore’s truck was carrying became unstable when the truck left the roadway, causing it to overturn. Part of the vehicle landed in a neighboring wheat field.

The injured employee has not been identified by police and it was unclear which direction the tanker truck was headed.

Kenny Allen, a friend of Gore’s, said Gore’s wife called and asked him to come to the scene after the crash. He agreed to stay behind while Gore, who suffered a visible laceration on the side of his body, left to seek medical treatment.

Allen promised to retrieve some money and checks left in the truck that were pinned down and out of reach while the truck was overturned.

The road was closed in both directions for an extensive period of time as two tow trucks angled to pull the tanker into an upright position. The endeavor proved tricky as officials wanted to avoid puncturing the tank and unleashing waste onto the scene. One tow truck was used to pull the vehicle upright while the other provided stabilization. The truck was removed without any waste being spilt.

Neighbors clustered together to watch as the truck was removed. They said crashes have occurred on the stretch of roadway in the past because motorists drive too fast to negotiate the curve.

According to the website for Sam’s Septic Tank Cleaning Service & Repair, the company is located on Leitchfield Road near Cecilia and specializes in septic tank and grease trap cleaning.

Marty Finley can be reached at 270-505-1762 or mfinley@thenewsenterprise.com.