Driver rescued from overturned tanker during ‘most complex rescue operation in decades’

CENTRAL, La. (WAFB) – Firefighters rescued the driver of an overturned tanker truck in what the Central Fire Department is calling “the longest and most complex rescue operation in decades.”

The truck overturned Friday evening, April 19, along Hooper Road between Devall Road and Greenwell Springs Road.

When emergency services arrived on the scene, they found the truck along with downed power lines and utility poles. The driver was trapped in the cab of the truck.

According to the Central Fire Department, it took just under three hours to get the tanker driver to safety.

All five Central Fire Stations, St. George Quad 605 and their special operations command staff, Zachary Fire Department, Baton Rouge Fire Department, Central Police Department, East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, EBR EMS, Acadian AirMed, Roadrunner Demolition Service, and Entergy played a role in the response.

According to the Central Police, the driver of the tanker truck was found to have no serious injuries after being freed from the tanker’s cabin. According to the fire brigade, he was conscious during the rescue operation and was taken to a hospital.

Hooper Road was closed for several hours, but has since reopened.

No details have been released about what caused the tanker to roll over.

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