Commonwealth Journal

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January 30, 2014

‘Heroic’ action saves tanker driver

Responders risk lives to free man pinned under overturned fuel truck


Sloans Valley —

About five members of the Rescue Squad, including Public Safety Director Tiger Robinson, and three Tateville firefighters, went underneath the vehicle to pull Gregory from the cab.
“Tiger and the guys went under that truck, lying in gasoline, in 4 degree weather, being sprayed with water and foam, and stayed under there for about 45 minutes cutting the guy out,” said Baker. “In my whole career, I’ve never seen anything like that.”
The extrication took place around 5:30 a.m. Gregory was then airlifted to the University of Kentucky Medical Center for treatment of internal injuries and broken bones.
The last GPS reading from the truck was about 3:30 a.m., noted Baker, so it’s possible that Gregory had been stuck underneath the truck for a substantial amount of time before help arrived.
Baker said that Gregory is in serious but stable condition following the accident.
The road was shut down all morning and afternoon as crews at the scene removed the truck and cleaned up the spill. It finally re-opened to traffic in the evening.
Robinson said that the truck was carrying approximately 8,250 gallons of fuel.
The Special Response Team, Rescue Squad, Tateville Volunteer Fire Department, Kentucky Fire Marshal’s Office, Kentucky Vehicle Enforcement, Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, and the Kentucky Environmental Response Team all responded to the scene. The state SAFE Patrol brought salt and sand to help reduce slickness on the roadway.

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