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Propane Truck Overturns In Creek

A Sayle Oil Company propane truck struck this bridge on Hwy 32 East Tuesday morning. The truck flipped across the creek, coming to rest upside down on the opposite site. The driver received minor injuries. – Photo by Jack Gurner

By Jack Gurner

WATER VALLEY –  A Sayle LP Company truck carrying liquefied petroleum gas (propane) struck a bridge and flipped over into the Herman White Creek mid-morning Tuesday.

The crash occurred approximately two miles east of Water Valley on Hwy. 32.

The driver, who was not seriously injured, lost control on the rain-slick highway, said Johnny Sayle, owner of Sayle LP.

“We were lucky. The driver got out with a few scratches,” Sayle said.

    After the wreck, the driver crawled out of the vehicle and climbed back on the road where he caught a ride to Sayle LP offices and called 911, according to Sheriff Lance Humphreys.

The truck was carrying 2,000 gallons of LP gas, Sayle reported.

George’s Wrecker Service was called to the scene. A wrecker from Ashmore’s Wrecker Service was also called to assist George’s by lifting the truck straight up out of the creek bed. Owner Bill Ashmore estimated the weight at approximately 60,000 pounds.

The Yalobusha Sheriff’s Department was first on the scene.

Other agencies responding included the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Water Valley Fire Department, Emergency Management Director Cecil Harrison, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency and the Mississippi Department of Transportation.

The Water Valley Fire Department dammed a small area around the truck to keep diesel fuel from contaminating the creek.

    It took about three hours of work before Hwy. 32 was reopened right before noon.

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