Alaska State Troopers report that 60-year-old Richard Allen Flansberg of Delta Junction was killed in a tanker truck crash near mile 36 of the Dalton Highway on June 3. Reports say that the north bound truck, owned by Big State Logistics, was carrying about 9,500 gallons of ultra-low sulfur diesel when the it left the roadway and rolled over at about 3 p.m.
The passenger in the vehicle, Larry Bloodworth, age 60 of Anchorage, was transported by Alyeska Pipeline Service to the company’s medical facility at Pump Station 6 for treatment.
The front tank of the tanker was punctured in the crash and approximately 2,000 gallons of number one heating fuel will spilled. The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) was notified to coordinate clean-up of the spill.
DEC reports the remaining fuel was removed from the vehicle by Tuesday afternoon.
Troopers say the Initial investigation suggests that speed and road conditions may have been contributing factors in the crash. Also, the driver was not wearing a seatbelt.
Big State Logistics tanker vehicles have been involved in several single vehicle accidents along the Richardson highway during the past several years.