MOON TOWNSHIP (KDKA) – Police and Hazmat crews were called to the scene of an overturned truck Tuesday morning in Moon Township.
In addition to debris spilling onto the roadway, fuel also poured out which created a potentially dangerous situation.
Once the driver of the truck was out of harm’s way, investigators began looking into whether the driver may have improperly loaded the back of the truck.
“We could not get to him immediately. There was fuel dumping out of the vehicle.” Sgt. Doug Ogden said. “He knew fuel was flowing around him because it was on both sides of the cab and the smell was pretty bad, so he knew.”
Moon Township Police said the driver had made a left onto University Boulevard. It is believed the scrap metal in the back shifted, which may have been what caused the crash.
“He made the turn. He was not going too fast. The load shifted. That in itself is a problem. You’re required to have your load secured in such a way that that doesn’t happen,” Sgt. Ogden said.
Police said a full inspection will be done of the way the truck was loaded. However, emergency responders had another issue this morning.
There was concern over both fuel tanks being full, which were able to carry an estimated 250 gallons of gas.
Some of that fuel started to drift down University Boulevard toward a catch basin. Hazmat crews were then called to the scene.
“We made notification, as we’re required to, that fuel possibly entered the waterway,” Sgt. Ogden said.
Police said the driver could face citations if they find the truck was improperly loaded.
The driver was taken to the hospital, but the injuries are not believed to be serious.