Alcohol-filled tanker truck overturns, closing Ky. 151

An Anderson County road northwest of Lawrenceburg was closed for more than seven hours Monday after a tanker truck overturned.

The truck was carrying 6,600 gallons of 191 proof alcohol from Kansas to an area distillery, said Bart Powell, public safety director for Anderson County. Powell said he wasn't sure which distillery. The tanker truck's driver was not hurt.

Things went from bad to worse when a Mack truck driven by Edward Johnson, 47, of Mount Washington attempted to pass the tanker truck accident. A 2012 Ford Focus, driven by Bertha McCormick, 43, of Harrodsburg, was traveling north when she collided with the Mack truck's front driver's side tire, Kentucky State Police said in a release.

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McCormick's car left the road and struck a culvert. Debris from the collision struck a another vehicle, also traveling north, that was operated by JoAnn Perry, 61, of Lawrenceburg, state police said.

McCormick was flown to University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital for injuries that were not considered life-threatening, state police said.

All this happened on Ky. 151, also known as Graefenburg Road, between Alton Station Road and the Anderson-Franklin county line. The tanker truck was headed southeast toward Lawrenceburg when it overturned.

The initial accident involving the tanker was reported before 7 a.m., and the road didn't reopen to traffic until about 2:30 p.m., Powell said.

The alcohol in the tanker was pumped into another truck. There was "a very a minor leak of alcohol" that did not require an environmental cleanup, Powell said.

In May 2013, a tractor-trailer ran off Ky. 151 and into a house, but no one in the house was hurt. Other accidents involving tractor-trailers have happened on the road, and Powell said there has been talk of reducing the speed limit or limiting trucks.

"There's been no conclusion reached," Powell said. "There are ongoing talks about making that particular stretch of the highway safer."

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