Blandville Road back open after truck spill, driver cited

UPDATE: Part of Blandville Road in McCracken County that was closed for several hours after a semi crash Wednesday is back open.

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office sent the update around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday that the roadway was back open. The crash happened around 12:30 p.m.

MCCRACKEN COUNTY, KY – Sheriff’s deputies say part of Bandville Road in McCracken County is still closed Tuesday night after a semi crash that happened around 12:30 p.m.

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department says when emergency responders arrived at the scene of the crash, they found the tractor-trailer driver trapped inside the cab, and a steady stream of diesel was pouring from a puncture in the fuel tank. The truck was hauling a tanker containing dry bulk lime, but the tanker did not spill its contents. The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Environmental Protection Agency responded to the scene to clean up and remove the diesel spill.

Responders with the Concord Fire Department and Mercy Regional EMS were able to free the driver — 55-year-old Brian Burd of Grand Chain, Illinois — by removing the front windshield of the truck. Burd was treated at the scene and then taken to a local hospital. The sheriff’s office says Burd was not incapacitated by his injuries. But, investigators say alcohol contributed to the crash, and Burd was cited with a charge of driving under the influence. Deputies also say traffic was heavier than normal when the crash happened, because of a road closure in Ballard County.

Investigators say the truck dropped off the right shoulder of the road and kept going about 100 yards through a ditch before it returned to the roadway and overturned.

The crash happened between Childress Road and Fisher Road, and Blandville Road remains closed at that location Tuesday night.  The McCracken County Sheriff’s Office and the Kentucky State Police Department of Vehicle Enforcement are continuing to investigate the crash.

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