Dalton Highway roll over accident site

One man died and another was injured Monday when the northbound tractor-trailer they were in crashed on the Dalton Highway about 40 miles north of Livengood.

The driver, Richard Allen Flansberg, 60, of Delta Junction, died at the scene, according to Alaska State Troopers. His passenger, Larry Bloodworth, 60, of Anchorage, was transported by Alyeska Pipeline Service to the company’s medical facility at Pump Station 6, according to troopers.

About 2,000 gallons of diesel fuel spilled from the front tank when the truck and trailer rolled off the edge of the Dalton Highway, according to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation.

A Tuesday afternoon update from the department stated that the truck, owned by Big State Logistics, was carrying about 9,500 gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel when the rig's passenger side wheels came off the edge of the highway shoulder at about 3 p.m., causing the truck to roll over.

Troopers alerted the Department of Environmental Conservation at 7 p.m.

The site of the incident is about 20 miles south of the Yukon River Bridge and about 40 miles north of Livengood.

"Big State Logistics arrived onsite within a few hours of the incident and provided personnel and resources for the initial response," the DEC report reads. "Some product recovery was conducted using absorbent material, but most of the ULSD migrated in to surface and subsurface soils."

Diesel that remained in the tanker was removed overnight Monday into Tuesday, according to the state's incident report.

Personnel from the trucking company and the Department of Environmental Conservation were at the site still Tuesday afternoon.

Troopers reported in a news release that speed and road conditions may have been contributing factors in the crash and that the driver was not wearing a seatbelt. The investigation is continuing, troopers stated.

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