Crash sends 5,000 gallons of oil into local lake
SAND SPRINGS, Okla.—A highway in northern Oklahoma was shut down to one lane after an oil tanker truck flipped and spilled thousands of gallons of crude oil into Keystone Lake.
Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers were called to a bridge along Hwy 412 after a car with a flat tire was hit by a semi-truck.
The collision sent the car into the guard rail and the tanker flipped over and slid towards the lake.
Crews say the vehicle spilled about 5,000 gallons of crude oil into the lake.
The driver of the truck, 45-year-old Michael Royster, was trapped for an hour.
He was taken to a Tulsa hospital where he was listed in stable condition.
Two women in the other vehicle were also taken to the hospital with minor injuries.
Officials with the Department of Environmental Quality were called to the scene to try and clean up the mess.
They say it could take a while since the oil spread out across the lake and will have be cleaned up throughout the next few days.