Driver Uninjured As Logs Spill Toward The Spillway
Darren Doyle, story and photos:
A Buffalo, Kentucky man was uninjured today after his Volvo tractor-trailer overturned on Nolin Dam, hauling a load of logs around 2:15pm on Monday, March 5, 2018.
According to the Edmonson County Sheriff's Office, Joseph C. Blair, (43) of Buffalo, was headed east on KY 728 (Nolin Dam Road) when something apparently broke and shifted on the truck.
The driver said he heard a popping noise that sounded like "metal-on-metal," and his load shifted to the right as he was bearing right onto the dam. The momentum caused the trailer to shift and the the truck to overturn into the guardrail just on the east entrance to the dam.
One of the trailer tires was busted but it was not clear if the tire blew before the truck overturned. A sheriff's deputy said it was also possible that a strap securing the load broke, but the accident was still under investigation at the time of this report.
Blair told the Edmonson Voice he knew he was fortunate to have been able to escape unharmed.
Mr. Blair said he was uninjured and refused medical treatment at the scene.
The Corps of Engineers said the dam was unharmed during the accident and the State Highway Department would be in charge of replacing the damaged guardrail.
The road remained opened until a commercial wrecker service could respond.
In addition to the Sheriff's Office, the Lincoln and Kyrock Fire Departments responded to the crash as well as the KY Dept. of Transportation, The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Edmonson EMS, and the District 5 Constable.