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Cleanup required after wreckage spills diesel fuel and sends driver to LMH

December 6, 2001

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A truck driver lost control of his 18-wheeler around noon Wednesday on a dampened Kansas Turnpike. The resulting wreck spilled diesel fuel into a stream and sent the Iowa man to the hospital.

Kansas Department of Health and Environment officials were notified, and westbound traffic on Interstate 70 was disrupted briefly.

William J. McCarry, 52, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, suffered cuts and bruises when his truck hydroplaned on the wet road and he lost control of the 2000 Western Star tractor-trailer, a turnpike dispatcher said. McCarry's truck carrying wooden pallets stacked with paper struck a guardrail, slid down an embankment and came to rest in a creek about 2 miles west of the West Lawrence turnpike interchange.

McCarry was taken by ambulance to Lawrence Memorial Hospital, where he was treated and released.

Mike Heideman, KDHE spokesman, said about 50 gallons of diesel fuel leaked from the truck's tanks.

Douglas County Emergency Management and KDHE officials contained the spill, he said, and a hazardous materials team arrived shortly after 4 p.m. to complete the cleanup.

"There hasn't been any substantial environmental impact," Heideman said.

About an hour after the truck accident, a motorist distracted by the accident scene rear-ended another vehicle, the turnpike dispatcher said. No one was injured.

Two other noninjury accidents occurred on the turnpike within a few hours of the first. The turnpike dispatcher said all were likely caused by slick roads.

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