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Fuel spill in McCracken Co. causes several crashes

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A fuel spill on US 62 in McCracken County Monday night caused several crashes, according to the McCracken County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies say around 9:30 p.m. the sheriff's department responded to a diesel fuel spill on US 62 near the intersection of McCracken Boulevard.

While on their way to the scene, deputies began getting calls about vehicles sliding off the road as well as calls for several crashes.

On scene, deputies found that a tractor trailer had ruptured a fuel tank just west of Olivet Church Road. The truck kept driving west on US 62, spilling fuel along the road. The spill continued through Ballard County and about three miles into Carlisle County.

According to the sheriff's department, officials are still looking for the truck that caused the spill.

The spill combined with already wet road conditions caused the road to be very slick, according to deputies, and those conditions caused several vehicles to run off the road. This also caused three crashes in which no one was injured but one crash did cause a Paducah man to be injured. 

According to deputies, Stephan Wray, 21, was driving west on US 62 and due to the fuel spilled on the road, Wray lost control of his truck. His truck then ran off the road, down an embankment and hit a concrete culvert. Wray's vehicle overturned several times, trapping him inside. 

Wray had to be taken out of the vehicle by mechanical means and was taken to a local hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. 

The road was closed while crews cleaned up the area and made it safe for drivers. This took several hours, but the road is open to traffic at this point, according to officials.

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