Got milk? One Kentucky highway does after truck crash spills nearly 5,000 gallons

Highway officials in one Eastern Kentucky county had a big cleanup on their hands this week.

A semi-truck loaded with 7,500 gallons of milk rolled over on a freeway in the Somerset area Tuesday morning, according to a Facebook post from Somerset Pulaski County Special Response Team. The truck's trailer broke, the post said, spilling about 4,500 gallons onto the roadway.

The driver was taken to the hospital after the crash, according to the post, but their injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

More than 10 local emergency response agencies responded to the crash, including Somerset Fire, Somerset Police, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and officials with the Pulaski County Health Department. And while no one was killed in the crash, the clean-up effort was expected to last through the day on Tuesday, as that much milk can have a negative impact on nearby animals and the environment.

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"A dam was made to contain the majority from getting into a storm drain and then into a local stream," the post said. "Milk in this quantity can be a danger to aquatic life as well as bacteria issues so is treated as a hazard."

The Kentucky Environmental Cabinet and other clean-up contractors were on site to help clear the scene, the post said.

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This article originally appeared on Louisville Courier Journal: Milk truck crash in Kentucky spills nearly 5,000 gallons on highway