ATOKA COUNTY, OK — The media reported that a big rig accident occurred on Wednesday, April 17, when a semi rolled over spilling 22 thousand pounds of hazardous waste along the side of Highway 7 near Wapanuka.
According to troopers, the accident happened just before 10 AM Wednesday morning. The driver of the semi truck was identified as Charles Coker who was driving the semi-truck from Wynnewood Refinery to a waste disposal site in Arkansas.
“We believe the driver fell asleep and ran off the road, overturned one and a half times and was pinned for approximately one hour,” said OHP Trooper Heath Davidson.
KXII News reports:
We believe the driver fell asleep and ran off the road, overturned one and a half times and was pinned for approximately one hour,” said OHP Trooper Heath Davidson.
Davidson said Coker was in stable condition when the authorities found him. He was transported to Atoka County Medical Center.
The big rig was carrying a non-toxic primary sewage sludge, but Davidson said it’s still dangerous.
“Mild to severe is what I believe the book showed on it,” said Davidson. “Mild eye irritations but it is classified as hazardous.”
There was about 22 thousand pounds of the hazardous waste on the scene, and a few miles up the road is Watson Creek. Environmental crews worked all day to clean up the waste before the expected rainfall so the waste does not come in contact with the creek.
“We’re gonna try to contain it,” said Davidson. “It’s 22 thousand pounds, so it will take a while.”
Davidson said crews should be finished cleaning up the waste before the end of the day.
The incident remains under investigation at this time.
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