Propane truck overturns, closes Gordon Road


Safety personnel stand by while the Southside Wrecker crew works to lift the vehicle off the side of the road and slowly move it into the center so it can be turned upright. 

A truck carrying liquid propane tipped over on Gordon Road in south Coweta early Wednesday, and a segment of the road was closed while emergency responders and wrecker crews worked to upright the vehicle.

At 9:09 a.m., Engine 4, Rescue 1, Truck 1 and Cars 1 and 4 with the Coweta County Fire Department responded to the single-vehicle accident involving a liquid propane truck on Gordon Road between Martin Mill Road and Tabby Lynch Road. According to Capt. Robby Flanagan with the fire department, the driver of the truck was not badly injured but was treated on scene by Coweta emergency medical personnel and transported to Piedmont Newnan Hospital for evaluation.

The vehicle, a liquid propane truck owned by Gas Incorporated, appeared to run off the road while traveling eastward on Gordon Road — the driver then overcorrected, causing the truck to flip over on the driver’s side. At the same time, the vehicle spun around in the road and stopped on its side facing west toward Martin Mill Road.

Because the truck was carrying a full tank of flammable liquid propane, authorities with the Coweta County Sheriff’s Office closed Gordon Road between Martin Mill Road and Tabby Lynch Road while fire personnel, safety crews with Gas Incorporated and wrecking crews worked to upright the truck, Flanagan said. The road was closed for nearly three hours.

Before attempting to upright the truck, safety personnel made sure the truck was not leaking any propane, Flanagan said, and they secured the valves and released less than a gallon of propane into the air from the meter side of the valves. Fire personnel stood by with hoses ready in case any sparks or flames threatened the situation, but there was no incident.

A Southside Wrecker crew arrived on scene with their heavy rescue truck and were able to wrap the vehicle in straps, lift it up and move it into the center of the roadway. The heavy rescue truck was then able to slowly tilt the vehicle back on all four wheels using the straps.

By noon, the vehicle was upright, and by 12:46 p.m., the operation was complete, Flanagan said.

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