One Trapped In Arkansas 12 Accident

Posted: August 11, 2011 at 9:48 a.m.
Updated: August 11, 2011 at 10:38 a.m.

Diesel fuel leaks from a tanker that overturned on top of a Cox Communications pickup truck on Thursday morning at Arkansas 12 and Dream Valley Road in Rogers.

— An Anderson diesel fuel tanker rolled one and one-half to two times before coming to rest on a pickup truck this morning, an eyewitness said.

The accident on Arkansas 12 east of Rogers has halted traffic as authorities work to extricate the driver of the pickup.

Arkansas State Police Cpl. Mike Morgan said the driver has not been declared dead, but is believed to be.

Morgan said the tanker driver, who was not injured, said he could not stop, and swerved to avoid hitting a vehicle that was stopped.

Fire department crews from Rogers and Beaver Lake are on the scene as are hazardous material team members from surrounding cities.

The hazmat team has built dams to prevent the diesel from flowing into nearby Beaver Lake, said Jerry Owen, chief of the Beaver Lake Fire Department. The fuel has been contained in a roadside ditch.

Traffic on Arkansas 12 is stopped in both directions.