The unidentified driver of a propane truck was taken to Kern Medical Center by ambulance this morning after the truck overturned on Deer Trail Driver in Bear Valley Springs. According to a spokesman for Wholesale Fuels, it did not appear that the driver's injuries were serious.
Crews from Kern County Fire Department stations in Bear Valley, Stallion Springs and Tehachapi responded to the call; upon arrival they found the Wholesale Fuels truck with its 1500 gallon propane tank across both lanes of the roadway.
The truck had apparently been moving downhill when the driver lost control, climbed the embankment, rolled over and slid about 25 yards down the roadway, landing on the passenger's side. The driver had to be extricated from the truck by the fire department.
There was no propane leaking from the truck but engine oil and diesel fuel spilled. Kern County Environmental Health Services has been called in to deal with the spill. Indications are there will be an issue in righting the truck because all of its weight is down hill. The truck was said to be 60 percent full of propane at the time of the accident.