An accident involving a commercial tractor trailer carrying methane closed the Parks Highway for three hours Thursday morning, Alaska State Troopers said.
No methane was released and no one was injured, troopers said.
Driver Russell Bowman, 45, of Wasilla was northbound in a 2001 Kenworth when he drifted off the road near Mile 214, according to a troopers dispatch Friday morning. The truck jackknifed when Bowman tried to get it back on the road. The tractor and trailer then flipped onto their sides.
The accident was reported at 9:05 a.m. Thursday.
No methane was reported released, but about a gallon of diesel spilled from a small puncture in the fuel tank cap, troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said. The fuel was quickly contained.
Troopers cited Bowman for negligent driving. Alcohol was not involved, they said. Bowman did not fall asleep behind the wheel, Ipsen said.
The truck was carrying methane from Point MacKenzie to Fairbanks.
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