Tanker driver cited after trailer slides off Richardson Highway
A trucking company that recently settled federal complaints over fuel spills on the Richardson Highway saw another crash on the same road Friday, although Alaska State Troopers say no spills were reported.
Glennallen-based troopers responded at about noon Friday to Mile 171 of the highway, according to an online dispatch, where a semi-tanker truck had reportedly overturned.
“Investigation revealed that a Big State Logistics semi pulling loaded double fuel tank trailers was northbound on (a) snow-covered road when the rear tank trailer containing 4,000 gallons of diesel fuel slipped off the roadway and overturned,” troopers wrote.
Response crews found that no diesel had leaked from the trailer.
Earlier this month, Big State Logistics agreed to pay the Environmental Protection Agency $43,000 following three spills along the highway in 2016. The company also agreed to stop towing double trailers during harsh winter months, and gave its drivers discretion not to haul double trailers if they thought roads were in poor condition.
Troopers said they cited the driver in Friday’s crash, 52-year-old North Pole resident Jeffrey Hill, for driving at a speed too fast for conditions.