Fuel Spill Shuts Down Highway

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LEAWOOD, Kan. -- Emergency crews spent most of Saturday morning cleaning up a fuel spill. A tanker truck skidded into a guard rail and rolled down an embankment near 435 & State Line late Friday night.

"This was not a good situation," said Sgt. Brad Robbins with Leawood Police. "Our f ire department immediately smelled gasoline. Our first two officers that got here found the driver. We aren't sure if he was ejected or just fell out of the cab because the cab just came apart as he rolled."

Officers say the driver was bleeding and confused. The Carter Energy Tanker transported 5,500 gallons of gasoline and 2,200 gallons of diesel fuel. About 150 gallons seeped into the soil near the accident scene.

Police and fire crews say moving the wreckage was also hazardous.

"What we have is live batteries on the truck at this time and fuel fumes. They are afraid once they start to move this, if it ignites, we could have a small fire," said Bat. Chief Wayne Harder with Leawood Fire Department. So we have a fire truck with foam."

The highway was shut down while crews cleaned up the mess. The driver was taken to an area hospital and is expected to be okay.

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