Fuel spills into river after tanker truck crashes, officials say it won't affect city's water

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JACKSON, Ky. (WYMT)- Officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet District 10 posted on their Facebook page that Highway 15 was shut down due to a fuel spill.

A tanker truck overturned and spilled about 8,000 gallons of fuel. The road was closed at Kragon, which is between Haddix and Quicksand, and impacted travel between Jackson and Hazard.

There originally was some worry that the gas and diesel that spilled may have found its way into the drinking water for the city of Jackson.

"We are shut down as a precautionary measure but as soon as all of the gas passes our intakes we will start back up," said Mayor Laura Thomas.

While the plant was shut down there was little worry it made its way into the water because of how deep the intakes are, and the rain we have seen over the past few weeks helped in this case.

"The river is actually about two foot up now so its about 10 foot down and youre only getting about six inches of that diesel and gas on top," said Estill McIntosh the Superintendent of the Breathitt County Water District.

The road is back open, but environmental cleanup continues. Workers and flaggers will be in the area today and tomorrow. Lanes may be closed intermittently and temporary traffic signals may be installed. Drive carefully if you are in the area.

The driver was taken to UK Hospital and is critical condition.

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