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March 3, 2014

Tanker truck crashes through guardrail

State Highway 6 shut down for hours after wreck

CORBIN — By Becky Killian / Editor

State Highway 6 between Woodbine and Barbourville was shut down for hours Friday after a small tanker truck crashed through a guardrail and landed on its side on a steep hillside.

The crash happened in the Paint Hill area near the 10 mile marker as Casey Vaughn, 29, of Barbourville, drove east in a 2001 Mack cargo tanker owned by United Well Services of Gray, according to Kentucky State Police Commercial Vehicle Enforcement Public Affairs Officer Steven Douglas.

Vaughn wasn’t injured.

The tanker contained about 3,450 pounds of petroleum crude oil, which was transferred to another tanker on scene. There was no leak.

Although traffic was initially restricted to one lane, both lanes were later shut down to allow emergency crews the chance to haul the tanker up the steep hillside.

Drug and alcohol usage are not suspected factors in the crash and Vaughn was wearing his seat belt. Douglas said it is possible speed and a shifting cargo may have led to the crash.

Vehicle Enforcement Officer Mark Scott continues his investigation.

Assisting at the scene were the Knox County Sheriff’s Department and Knox County Emergency Management.

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