Speeding leads to rollover
By Roger Cowan
On Tuesday, June 5, a Sandford Oil tanker transporting diesel fuel for oilfield usage rolled over several times on FM 952 across the end of Seiler Road.
According to witnesses, the driver was traveling towards Hwy 72 when he lost control of the vehicle. The tractor-trailer rolled several times before coming to rest across a pipeline clearing on the western side of FM 952. First responders from the Yorktown Fire Department stated that the driver exited the vehicle under his own power, but was transported to the hospital by Yorktown Volunteer EMS for a medical checkup due to visible injuries. Before being transported, the driver had stated that his trailer was roughly seventy-five percent full which would equate to approximately 6,000 gallons.
In the process of rolling over, several large holes were ripped open in the tanker trailer as well as the fuel tank on the tractor, spilling fuel as it rolled. With this in mind and the proximity to a pipeline, Yorktown VFD stayed on scene until the company could send another transport to remove the fuel left in the wrecked semi. An environmetal crew will be required to remove and replace the soil affected by the incident.
DPS Troppers on the scene confirmed that the driver will be cited for unsafe speed leading to the rollover. After the remaining fuel was removed, wreckers were able to right the vehicle and clear the scene in the predawn hours of Wednesday morning, June 6.