Stillwater News Press

May 10, 2013

Truck driver cited in tanker wreck

By Chase Rheam
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — The driver of a semi-truck pulling a fuel tanker was cited for inattentive driving after he rolled his truck and its load on its top into a power substation near the intersection of Tyler Street and Perkins Road Sunday.

According to an accident report by Stillwater police, the driver of the semi-truck, Rodrick Mosley, of Oklahoma City, said he was traveling northbound on Perkins Road in the west lane. He said as he passed the intersection of McElroy and Perkins, he looked up and saw a car stopped in his lane.

He began to apply his brakes, but his load began to shift, forcing him toward the vehicle, he said. He told officers that he chose to leave the roadway to the right rather than enter oncoming traffic.

The driver of the car, Andrea Bane of Stillwater said the vehicle had run out of gas.

The report states that Bane turned on her flashing hazard lights. After returning with gas, the vehicle’s battery had died, she said.

Bane and her passenger remained in the vehicle for approximately 20 minutes awaiting a ride when they noticed the semi-truck approaching them from behind.

According to the police report, the semi-truck struck a guard rail and a speed limit sign at a high rate of speed.

The truck then struck a metal tubing fence before reaching an embankment and rolling over, striking a chain link fence and coming to rest on its top.

City Public Safety Director Norman McNickle said the semi-truck was carrying diesel and gasoline in separate compartments.

The diesel compartment ruptured and its contents spilled, causing nearby residences and businesses to be evacuated.

Crews worked for several days to clean up the diesel and debris.

Mosley was transported to an urgent care facility for a post accident drug screening by his employer.

McNickle said no one was injured in the wreck.