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Semi Truck Rollover Injures Great Bend Man

Rollover AccidentA Tuesday afternoon semi truck rollover on Michaelis Road in southern Russell County sent a Great Bend man to Russell Regional Hospital with minor injuries, according to the Kansas Highway Patrol.

52-year-old Shelby Stone, Jr. was driving eastbound on Michaelis Road a little less than a mile and a half mile east of US Highway 281, when at just after 2 PM he swerved to avoid a deer in the roadway and partially entered the south ditch. According to the KHP, movement of liquid in the 2003 Freightliner oil tanker's trailer caused the vehicle to roll three quarters of a turn coming to rest on its drivers side in the south ditch.

Upon rolling over, a vent pipe broke on the truck's trailer, spilling about 40 gallons of crude oil in the ditch, according to Russell City Fire Chief Sam Schmidt who also responded to the accident. Schmidt and other Russell City Firefighters responded for hazmat cleanup, but upon arrival it was determined that National Cooperative Refinery Association - the company that owned the involved truck - would respond for environment cleanup.

Russell County EMS and the Russell County Sheriff's Office also responded to the wreck. The Russell County Shop was advised of the accident as well and responded with road closure barricades to close Michaelis Road from 186th to 187th as the hazmat cleanup occurred. 

Extent of Stone's injuries is unknown.

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