Kentucky State Police say a Schneider truck and tanker trailer carrying an extremely flammable material overturned after dropping off a bridge after his GPS reportedly gave him the wrong directions.
The KSP reported the accident happened just after 0545 am February 3rd, 2020 in Williamsburg. Investigators say 43-year old Valrey Laroche, of Georgia told them he became lost following incorrect directions given out by his GPS. He was carrying a tanker full with Butyl Acrylate (UN2348), a highly flammable chemical used in manufacturing facilities to make paints, coatings, sealants and adhesives. When he tried to turn around, we apparently went over the side of the bridge and flipped.
It’s estimated that a total of 5,000 gallons of the hazardous chemical spilled, according to the local sheriff, but was mostly contained on the railroad tracks and was cleaned up in several hours.
The driver was able to escape the truck without serious injury.