By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer
Interstate 75 southbound was reduced to one lane of traffic for about three hours Monday around noon after a semi-truck jackknifed and nearly overturned around mile marker 44, according to the Kentucky State Police Vehicle Enforcement Public Affairs Officer Steven Douglas.
George T. Furtell,49, of Harriman, Tenn., was traveling southbound on I-75 in a 2000 model Volvo tractor-trailer owned by J & S Cartage Inc., of Knoxville, Tenn. Furtell was transporting toilet paper.
According to Douglas, Furtell told officers that a dog ran out in front of him, which caused him to swerve and lose control of his tractor-trailer, which caused it to jackknife.
During the crash, the gas tank of the Volvo was ruptured, spilling about 100 gallons of fuel. Emergency management and cleanup crews were called to the scene to clean up the spilled fuel.
Furtell was using his seatbelt and drugs and alcohol are not suspected factors in the wreck, according to Douglas.
No citations have been issued.
The interstate was reopened by 3 p.m., according to Douglas.
KSP officer Joey Ray Caldwell was the responding officer at the scene. He was assisted by officers Randy Radier and Dennis Jackson.
The Laurel County Fire Department, Emergency Management and Ambulance Inc. of Laurel County also assisted at the crash.
Southbound traffic reduced to one lane for 3 hours
By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer
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