Semi overturns on parkway, injures driver

By Matt Lasley -

A tractor-trailer overturned on the Western Kentucky Parkway, injuring the driver and closing the eastbound lane for several hours early Wednesday morning, June 22.

At approximately 12:20 a.m. on Wednesday, the Leitchfield Police Department (LPD) responded to the scene of the crash just past the 108 mile-marker on the eastbound side of the parkway.

Prior to the accident, a 2000 Peterbuilt tractor-trailer, driven by William C. Apperson, Jr., 49, of Ripley, TN, was travelling eastbound on the parkway, according a LPD news release.

Apperson told police that, while driving on the parkway, he swerved to avoid an object, possibly a deer, that had entered into his path, the release states.

The tractor-trailer then left the roadway and overturned before coming to a rest on the eastbound side of the roadway.

The crash punctured both of the tractor-trailer’s fuel tanks, resulting in a diesel fuel spill that required Hazmat clean-up, according to the release.

The spill resulted in the closure of the eastbound lanes of the Western Kentucky Parkway from the 107 mile-marker to the 112 mile-marker from 12:40 a.m. through 6:15 a.m. on Wednesday morning.

By 6:15 a.m., the wreckage had been towed to the 108 mile-marker median, where crews worked for several hours to unload the truck and remove it from the scene, according to the release.

Apperson was transported from the scene by Grayson County Emergency Medical Services (GCEMS) to Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center to receive treatment for non-life-threatening, accident-related injuries, before being released later.

The LPD and GCEMS were assisted on the scene by the Grayson County Sheriff’s Office, the Leitchfield Fire Department, Grayson County Emergency Management, and the Kentucky State Highway Department.

By Matt Lasley

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

Reach Matt Lasley at 270-259-9622, ext. 2015.

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