Tanker driver recuperating

Dennis K. Korell, the driver of the Vestal Asphalt tanker that overturned on Route 59 on Monday and spilled its load, is doing relatively well, according to Justin Guiles, Vestal vice president.

“He’s doing alright, although he is pretty banged up,” he said on Tuesday.

Guiles added that Korell needed surgery on a broken leg, and is in considerable pain.

“There’s nothing life-threatening, and he is on antibiotics. He was more worried about the truck and the asphalt than he was about himself,” Guiles said.

The truck overturned five miles from the intersection with Route 6, losing its load of asphalt and entrapping Korell for several hours. He was flown by helicopter to UPMC Hamot in Erie after being freed.

There has been nothing new on the cause of the accident reported on Tuesday.

Guiles said the company’s trucks are outfitted with GPS units that report on the truck’s location and speed every two minutes. Had Korell been speeding, the company would have known right away, Guiles said.