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Tanker Truck Flips Over; Injures 1

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Environmental contractors worked diligently to clean after a tanker truck full of "oily mud", a lubricant used at drill sites, flipped over into a creek bank near West Liberty.

The accident happened around 5:00 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Route 88 and Weidman Run Road.

According to Ohio County EMA Director Lou Vargo, the truck was coming down Route 88 and lost control, flipping over and ejecting the driver.

The accident happened dangerously close to where Frank Williams says his kids were playing. "To see a truck of that size flipping over, I didn't really care about the pool, the tree only missed it by about ten feet, I was worried about where the kids are at, because like I said, they were riding their bikes. And after I found out they were alright, I was like 'where is the driver?' Thank God he was alright too."

Chet Ernest was working at nearby Domino's Pizza when he and his co-workers heard the accident happen.

"We heard a big, loud bang and a screech, came outside, we ran right around the corner, saw the 18-wheeler upside down, I ran over and called 911, and it was leaking gas, and that's all they said," he said. "They said they'd be here as soon as possible."

Luckily, the truck driver suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Vargo said it could take as many as two days to clean up the area, crews will need to off load the truck, remove it, clean the creek bed and remove the contaminated soil.