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A tractor-trailer delivering raw milk to Bel Brands USA overturned in front of the factory at 7:42 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 24.

The Leitchfield Fire and Police Departments responded to the accident in front of Bel, which is located at 602 West Main Street in Leitchfield.

The semi, owned by Eagle Transport Group, out of Michigan, was turning into Bel to deliver milk when it rolled into the ditch beside the road and overturned on its side, according to Leitchfield Fire Chief Jerry Schlosser.

The driver, Marvin Martin, 57, of Goshen, Indiana, was uninjured, Schlosser said.

Ernie Perkins, the head of Grayson County Emergency Management Services, also responded to the accident to oversee the pumping of the milk, a potentially hazardous material, into another tanker from Elizabethtown.

Perkins said while only a small amount of milk had leaked out of the tractor trailer, the metal casing containing the milk is “really thin,” and to prevent the milk from bursting out of the casing, all the milk had to be pumped into another truck.

Then, after all the milk had been pumped out, the tractor trailer could be turned face up.

Were the milk to burst out of the trailer’s casing, it would not damage the land but could go into the water system and kill fish and other aquatic wildlife, Perkins said.

West Main Street was closed from 7:42 to 2:30 p.m. on Monday as a result of the accident, according to LPD Patrolman Braxton Allen, who also responded to the accident.

The tractor trailer was turned face up by Stevenson’s Wrecker Service.

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