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Seat-belted driver escapes tanker truck rollover with minor injuries

Seat-belted driver escapes tanker truck rollover with minor injuries

(Carbon County Sheriff's Office)

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PRICE — A Roosevelt man suffered minor injuries after the tanker truck he was driving rolled off a switchback in the Nine Mile Canyon area, according to authorities in Carbon County.

Chad Lloyd Studham, 41, was driving a double tanker truck down the Cottonwood Canyon switchbacks Sunday when he went off the road, Carbon County Emergency Management Director Jason Llewelyn said.

The truck rolled, coming to rest on its wheels with Studham still buckled into the driver's seat, said Llewelyn, who described the crash as "violent."

"Without his seat belt, he would have died," Llewelyn said.

Oilfield workers and conservation officers with the state Division of Wildlife Resources were the first people to reach the crash site, which is 54 miles northwest of Wellington. Based on their reports, a medical helicopter was called in due to concerns about Studham's medical condition and the remote location of the crash, Llewelyn said.

Studham was flown to the hospital, where doctors ruled out any serious injuries and determined he had a cut to the back of his head to go along with some bumps and bruises.

"He came into the sheriff's office Monday," Llewelyn said. "Seat belts save lives. This is a great example of that."

Studham told investigators the crash happened after the truck's brakes failed. The tankers he was pulling were loaded with a petroleum product known as distillate, Llewelyn said. At least 6,000 gallons of distillate spilled after the crash, he said.

The spill and the wreckage have been cleaned up by the trucking company, Llewelyn said.

"The company has been hugely supportive every step of the way," he said.

The cause of the crash was still under investigation Wednesday. A citation has not been issued.


Geoff Liesik


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